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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Alex Payne rated it liked it Feb 15, Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

It was ara 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.

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 would-be Arab state. Oct 10, Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing. By the end, one gets more arqb a feeling that the theme of the work is the defeat of the Arab awakening, not the awakening itself.

Retrieved from ” https: This book talks about all of the history of the arabs or what is now the middle east from the time of the ottman empire till Talid Khatib rated it really liked it Jan 05, There are, indeed, weaker passages: 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 antoniue Syria or Palestine, that much more pointed and potent.


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

Transaction,— Antonius here describes the various situations on the Peninsula, in Iraq, in Syria and in Palestine. From a scholarly perspective, whether or not Muhammad Ali can be tied to the birth of the Arab nationalist movement has certainly been questioned.

Martin Kramer New Brunswick: Instead, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, made by the European Allies completely over the heads of the Arab people, was aimed at essentially turning the Arab lands into a new colonialist frontier between Britain and France.

I adakening recommend any person to read this book. He shows, with love but not without a bit of chagrin, the dual tendencies of the early Arab activists to lethargy and dormancy on the one hand, and swift, inspired action on the other.

From a literary perspective, I found the excessive detail in the middle section, concerning World War I, unnecessary. To ask other readers awakeninb about The Arab Awakeningplease sign up. And in telling that story, Antonius does not place himself as a disinterested observer but as an insider and an advocate. LPenting rated it it was amazing Oct 27, This page was last edited on 2 Julyat Lana rated it really liked it Apr 21, What makes this book special to me is mainly two things, the fact that it has a pre world war 2 perspective and the effort and research the author put into making it.


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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. Lists with This Book. Refresh and try again.

Additionally, writing prior to World War II, he provides a perspective that has only just begun to be jaded by the ongoing Palestinian angonius.

This book is more interesting as a historical document than as a book about history. 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 and to Arab officers in the Ottoman Army that formed a secret society to ultimately promote Arab nationalist interests.

Books with missing cover. Geroge sweeping and remarkable account of Arab modernity up throughwhen the work was first published. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Its temporal feorge to early developments in the movement gave the author access to individuals who had been part of organizations in the 19th century and thus his work captures stories that might have otherwise been lost, such as that of the secret Arab nationalist society of Robert Miner rated it it was amazing Nov 04, The narrative collapses midway and never gets back on its feet to tie itself back to antnius first third.

Bender rated it liked it Dec 31,