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Year of the Locust: A Soldier's Diary and the Erasure of Palestine's Ottoman Past

Tamari, Salim, Turjman, Ihsan Salih

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ISBN 10: 0520287509 / ISBN 13: 9780520287501
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Title: Year of the Locust: A Soldier's Diary and ...

Publisher: University of California Press

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Captures in detail the end of the Ottoman world and a pivotal moment in Palestinian history. This book presents a picture of daily life in the besieged city. Num Pages: 216 pages, 16 b/w photographs. BIC Classification: 1FBP; 3JH; 3JJ; HBJF1; HBWN. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 211 x 139 x 19. Weight in Grams: 258. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780520287501

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Synopsis: Year of the Locust captures in page-turning detail the end of the Ottoman world and a pivotal moment in Palestinian history. In the diaries of Ihsan Hasan al-Turjman (1893 1917), the first ordinary recruit to describe World War I from the Arab side, we follow the misadventures of an Ottoman soldier stationed in Jerusalem. There he occupied himself by dreaming about his future and using family connections to avoid being sent to the Suez. His diaries draw a unique picture of daily life in the besieged city, bringing into sharp focus its communitarian alleys and obliterated neighborhoods, the ongoing political debates, and, most vividly, the voices from its streets soldiers, peddlers, prostitutes, and vagabonds. Salim Tamari?s indispensable introduction places the diary in its local, regional, and imperial contexts while deftly revising conventional wisdom on the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire.

From the Inside Flap: This remarkable book provides us with unfiltered access to a long-gone world in the form of the World War I diary of a young Palestinian soldier from Jerusalem. Salim Tamari's introduction masterfully examines the revelations provided by this and other wartime diaries. This rich portrait of the massive changes that transformed Palestine during the war, the first of many during the 20th century, will be a revelation to most readers.?

Rashid Khalidi, author of Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
Both a gripping personal account of three little known years in Palestinian history and a rich reconstruction of the enormous social changes taking place in Jerusalem during World War I.?

Roger Owen, author of State and Power and Politics in the Middle East
Nothing underscores the Ottoman Empire?s bifurcated and contradictory position as both empire and target of European colonialism as eloquently as the Arab soldiers? diaries ably discussed by Salim Tamari, who presents one such diary in detail. Spanning a broad spectrum of issues, from war horrors to national awakening, from regional politics to gender relations, this first-hand account of World War I by a young enlisted Palestinian is an important contribution to the ongoing Arab reassessment of the Ottoman past.?

Irvin Cemil Schick, Istanbul Sehir University
Tamari?s remarkable sleuthing makes available, for the first time, the private writings of Ihsan Hasan Turjman, a common soldier in the Ottoman army and an astute observer of the multifaceted changes triggered by the war. Lucid, rich, and deeply insightful, Year of the Locust not only illuminates the fluid nature of personal and collective identity in this critical period of Palestine?s history, but also resonates widely with people?s experiences in other regions within the Ottoman Empire.?

Sibel Zandi-Sayek, author of Ottoman Izmir: The Rise of a Cosmopolitan Port, 1840-1880

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