‘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
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.