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Author Bentwich, Helen Caroline.

Title Tidings from Zion : Helen Bentwich's letters from Jerusalem, 1919-1931 / edited by Jenifer Glynn.

Published London : I. B. Tauris, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  956.9404092 BENT    AVAILABLE
Physical description vii,206 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 22 cm
Notes Published in association with European Jewish Publication Society.
Contents 1919 Launching into Troubled Waters 7 -- 1920 The High Commissioner's Niece 40 -- 1921 Parents and Riots 62 -- 1922 White Paper and Black Moods 74 -- 1923 Einstein, Petra and London 94 -- 1924 The Social Round 109 -- 1925 Uncle Herbert's Last Year 122 -- 1926 Too Many Tourists 140 -- 1927 Only Half a Year 151 -- 1928 A New House and a New High Commissioner 158 -- 1929 The Storm Breaks 171 -- Conclusion: From the Hill of Evil Counsel to the Vale of Health 189.
Summary Living in Palestine as the wife of the British Attorney General, Helen Bentwich was immersed in the politics and society of the early days of the British Mandate. Despite her connections she remained in some ways an outsider -- a critical observer, writing candid weekly letters to her mother that give insight into the cauldron of races and traditions, the intolerance and the idealism, that lie behind the history of twentieth-century Palestine and the foundation of the state of Israel. This selection of her letters mixes political comment with details of personal life and gossip; the gossip shows a society that has gone, but the political and religious problems are sadly familiar. Her family was well aware of the situation in Palestine, and she wanted to amuse rather than alarm them. But the frustrations and worries break through the letters' superficial cheerfulness to provide a vivid picture of the period.
Other author Glynn, Jenifer.
Subject Bentwich, Helen Caroline. -- Correspondence.
Palestine -- History -- 1917-1948.
ISBN 1860643493 £35.00