Empire by Division: Power Transition Proves Critical to Future Conflict

Lynne Rogers

In “From Empire to Empire,” Abigail Jacobson analyzes the social tapestry of Jerusalem during the city’s transition from Ottoman Rule to the British Mandate between 1912 and 1920,. By focusing on the urban dynamic during this particular shift of “interimperialism,” Jacobson hopes “to move beyond the well-known and oversimplified religious categories..



From Empire to Empire
By Abigail Jacobson
Syracuse University Press,  2011, 262 pages

Killing Yourself to Write

By Michael Teague

La Confession Negative (The Negative Confession)
By Richard Millet
Gallimard, 2009, France

Richard Millet’s recent work “La Confession Negative” is a harrowing tale based on the author’s participation in the Lebanese civil war in 1976. Residing in a grey area between memoir and novel, the book’s central theme is Millet’s becoming an author through the experience of war. Millet has previously written of this experience, albeit in a more roundabout fashion, in his first novel, “Sur un Balcon a Beyrouth.”


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