The Arab awakening: the story of the Arab national movement. by Antonius, George. Publication date Topics Middle East — History. ANTONIUS, GEORGE. The Arab Awakening: A History of the Arab National Movement. Pp. xi, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $ Show all. Mr. Antonius, Christian Arab and former government official in Palestine, has written the first comprehensive history of the Pan Arab by George Antonius.

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Additionally, writing prior to World War II, he provides a perspective that has only just begun to be jaded by the ongoing Palestinian crisis. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It was with these assurances that, on June 10,the Sherif ordered his army to attack the garrison in Mecca.

The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement by George Antonius

The fruits of Mr. Jul 27, Raed Al-bloushy rated it it was amazing. Published December 1st by Simon Publications first published To ask other readers questions about The Arab Awakeningplease sign up. He takes it upon himself to speak to English-speaking audiences on behalf of the politically-voiceless Levantine peasant, attached firmly to his land and to his neighbours by inexpressibly-profound bonds of love, and oppressed not only by British and French mandatory maladministration, not only by Zionist settlement, but also by the shortsightedness and greed of the Arab landowning class and traditional tribal elites.

By the end of the 19th century, the torch of Arab nationalism had been passed to Arab intellectuals residing in Greater Syria and in Europe awakeing to Arab officers in the Ottoman Army that formed a secret society to ultimately promote Arab nationalist interests. Antonius here describes the various situations on the Peninsula, in Iraq, in Syria and in Palestine. After several years of travel and research in agab parts of the Arab world, the author managed to gain access to all the relevant material necessary to the writing of a book such as this – much of the material having been unavail This remarkable book on a complex and controversial subject is widely regarded as the best full account of the rise of the Arab national movement.


Mar 11, Corey Rowe rated it it was amazing.

The last chapter on post-war Syria-Iraq-Palestine is worth the price of the book alone. Some of his analyses are naive claiming Ibn Saud is a moderating force!

Even as Antonius acknowledges the failures of awakeninb and Faysal to successfully advocate for the Arab cause to the Allies or to fight effectively for it themselves, his portrayal of them is nonetheless deeply sympathetic, rendering them as tragic victims of their own honest and trusting natures.

Essential reading for those interested in the Middle East. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Other than tracing the birth of the Arab national movement, Antonius also argues that it was Britain that dishonoured its prior commitments to the Arabs, and instead pursued its own colonial interests at the expense of what Antonius calls the “true will of the people,” namely unity and independence of the qrab Arab state.

Views Read Edit View history. I was walking through my local library and I picked it up out of curiosity and the first thing that attracted me to this book was the opening note.

He saw the role of the American University of Beirut originally the Syrian Protestant College as central to this development, although he noted that by the end of the 19th century that role had georeg because the college initiated instruction in English. Oct 10, Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing.

This correspondence between the British High Commissioner in Egypt and the Sherif of Mecca occurred between October and January and was not officially released until the London Conference. Return to Book Page. Lists with This Book. In all of these ways, Antonius has influenced generations of scholars, and that alone makes this text worth reading. He is nonetheless a gifted writer and a careful scholar, which makes his advocacy on behalf of the ordinary Arab, particularly the ordinary Arab living in Syria or Palestine, that much more pointed and potent.

According to Antonius, American missionaries, educators and institutions played a critical role in the development of American soft power during the Edwardian era and after World War I. This state would include Palestine. Bsam rated it liked it Mar 01, Jad Bawab rated it really liked it Apr 04, Jan 17, Brenden marked it as to-read.


The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement

It is at the very end, though, that the sympathies of the author are the most directly and the most viscerally engaged. Want to Read saving…. Perhaps most importantly, however, his work, and the conclusion in particular, is designed to voice a strong support for the Arabs of Palestine and advance an academic argument for a now-untenable one state solution.

According to Martin KramerThe Arab Awakening “became the preferred textbook for successive generations of British and American historians and their students”. Books with missing cover. Perla Aouad rated it really liked it Apr 20, He is well-placed to offer insights from sources not available to other English-speaking explorers of the topic, and does so with a kind of journalistic zeal.

Musa rated it liked it Jun 12, You can decide for yourself if that discredits his work or makes it more valuable. Dec 28, Aantonius rated it liked it. By the end, one gets more of a feeling that the theme of the work is the defeat of the Arab awakening, not the awakening itself.

This remarkable book on a complex and controversial subject is widely regarded as the best full account of the rise awakenong the Arab national movement. This book talks about all of the history of the arabs antoniuw what is now the middle east from the time of the ottman empire till It was a testament to their discipline that despite arbitrary arrests and torture employed by the Turkish secret police, their existence remained hidden from the Turks until after the World War.

Bender rated it liked it Dec 31, However, for all the debts of gratitude owed by the Allies — particularly Britain — to the leaders of the Arab Revolt and their supporters among the populace, their actions in the wake of the war fell stunningly short of fitting.

The book was only the second time that an authoritative translation of the McMahon aab had been published.