Palestine and Its Transformation

Palestine and Its Transformation

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Palestine and Its Transformation

Palestine and Its Transformation

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In addition to the general interest which every thoughtful person must feel in Palestine, two special causes have led to the studies on which this book is based. In the first place, over ten years ago, the reading of Professor George Adam Smith's splendid]volume on "The Historical Geography of the Holy Land" awakened in the author's mind a keen realization of the fact that from the standpoint of modern geography Palestine is absolutely unique. Hence arose the desire to understand more fully the physical features which give rise to this uniqueness, and which have helped to mould the life and thought of the Jewish race. In the second place, extensive travels in Asia Minor, Persia, India, and central Asia led the author to adopt certain theories as to changes of climate and their relation to history. Descriptions of Palestine suggested that the same changes have taken place there. Hence it seemed that in no other country could the theories be so well tested; for not only is Palestine so situated that climatic variations would there produce notable variations in habitability, but also its known history extends back to remote antiquity.

The gratification of this twofold desire to visit Palestine became possible in 1909, when the writer . . .

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