Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany paraded into Jerusalem on 31st October 1898. The Dowager Russian Empress thought the parade was ‘revolting, perfectly ridiculous, disgusting’, which shows our present-day British media do not have a monopoly on snobbery towards jumped-up heads of state with a love for ceremony and a disregard for diplomatic conventions.Read More
Our assistant editor Joshua Hillis is travelling in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan as part of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. One of the aims of his Fellowship is the creation of a parallel history of Jerusalem. He is laying the foundations for that history by writing a series of blogs about Jerusalem in the 19th century and the effects of the arrival of the Europeans. We’ll be posting one each week below.
“The fanatical Mufti of Nablus is not a learned man, and is considered a plebeian parvenu among the old Arab families of that town; at the same time a really learned man is living there whose ancestors for several generations have been muftis of Nablus, and he is a good friend of the Protestants. I intend to recommend him to that office instead of the present man.”
James Finn’s private note about the Mufti of Nablus is a splendid specimen of 19th century Britain imperial hubris…Read More
‘I shall never concede any road improvements to these crazy Christians as they would then transform Jerusalem into a Christian madhouse.’ The Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, Faud Pasha, was not straightforwardly calling for discrimination against a minority religion. The great European Christian powers, Britain, Austria, France, Russia, had suddenly decided that Jerusalem was a good location to outsource their rivalries.Read More