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Year of the locust : a soldier's diary and the erasure of Palestine's Ottoman past / Salim Tamari.

By: Tamārī, Salīm.
Publisher: Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, 2015Description: x, 201 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780520287501.Uniform titles: Am al-Jarad. English Subject(s): Turjman, Ihsan Hasan, 1893-1917 -- Diaries | Turkey. Ordu -- History -- World War, 1914-1918 | World War, 1914-1918 -- Palestine | World War, 1914-1918 -- Jerusalem | World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Middle East | World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, Turkish | Soldiers -- Jerusalem -- Diaries | Turks -- Jerusalem -- Diaries | Jerusalem -- History, Military -- 20th century | Jerusalem -- Social conditions -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 956.94036 Summary: 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.
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Published in hardback 2011.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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.

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