The Battleground. Hilaire Belloc.
The Battleground
The Battleground

The Battleground. Syria and Palestine: The Seedplot of Religion

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1936. 1st Edition. Large octavo, publisher's ecru cloth, spine and upper board stamped in red and black, red endpapers, top edge stained red, original illustrated dust jacket.

Narrative history of the Holy Land, or Near East, from antiquity through the Crusades, with an emphasis on the "civilizational" wars of religion that have shaped the region, by prolific Anglo-French Catholic man of letters Belloq. An epilogue brings the story into the modern period, with the post-WWI French and English partition and the rise of Zionism: "Nothing endures forever, and this political settlement would seem of all settlements the most unnatural and fragile. But when we ask the question, 'Will it last?' or to put it better, 'How long will it last?' our answer must depend upon more particular and detailed considerations... We have to consider first of all that which is at the basis of all historical sequence, Religion." Illustrated with 16 black-and-white aquatone photographic plates, and seven maps (one in color); with an index. Dust jacket illustrated by American pulp illustrator James C. McKell. Light shelfwear; unclipped dust jacket with light sun-fading to spine and shallow chipping to spine-ends and flap folds. A better than very good copy, scarce in the striking dust jacket. Item #419


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