By Tom Segev
Tom Segev’s acclaimed One Palestine, Complete and The 7th Million overturned authorised perspectives of the heritage of Israel. Now, in 1967, he brings his masterful talents to the watershed yr whilst six days of warfare reshaped the rustic and the complete region.
Going some distance past an army account, Segev re-creates the apocalyptic weather in Israel ahead of the warfare in addition to the country’s bravado after its victory. He introduces the mythical figures—Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson—and an epic forged of squaddies, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He finds as by no means earlier than Israel’s intimacy with the White residence, and the political rivalries that sabotaged any likelihood of peace. peculiarly, Segev demanding situations the view that the struggle was once inevitable, displaying that at the back of the bloodshed was once a chain of disastrous miscalculations.
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3). 86 Diplomacy itself could be conducted at a supernatural level. A ritual existed (evocatio) to encourage the gods of its enemies to come over to Rome. , In Verg. comm. 52. Barnes (1986); on ‘just war’ see pp. 25–8 below. 84 Talbert (1984) 427. 85 Suet. Aug. 60; Braund (1984) 112–15. Braund (1984) 24–7. 87 Beard, North and Price (1998) 133–4. Shaw (1986) 7. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 16 the l ate republic and the principat e that of superstition. As part of meddling in forbidden things bad emperors could be accused of using magic to influence foreign affairs.
Caracalla was said to have privately instructed envoys from the northern barbarians to invade Italy if anything should happen to him. To keep this secret only interpreters were allowed at the meetings and they were subsequently killed (Dio Cass. 1–3). Symbolic actions were important. Ideally the barbarians should express their submission by kneeling, as on the Boscoreale cup. It was bad if a barbarian’s attitude expressed contumacious pride. Scene 75 on Trajan’s column depicts the end of the first Dacian War98 (see fig.
If the barbarians are suitably submissive, the Roman should exercise clemency (clementia), expressed by the open-handed gesture of Augustus on the Boscoreale cup. It was vital that the Romans should not lose face, but it was good if the barbarians did. When the Roman crowd gave the customary shout fear made Tiridates temporarily speechless (Dio Cass. 1) and Parthamasiris try to run away (Dio Cass. 4–5). The other side, of course, might interpret Roman actions in a different way. Ironically it is Latin and Greek authors who preserve anecdotes of 98 99 Hannestad (1988) 154–67, at 161–2; Kleiner (1992) 212–20.
1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev