By Mark Kurlansky
It was once the yr of intercourse and medicine and rock and roll. It used to be additionally the yr of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, the Chicago conference, The Tet Offensive, the French scholar uprising, Civil Rights, the new release hole, the beginning of the Women's move and the start of the tip for the Soviet Union.
In 1968, Mark Kurlansky has recorded the cultural and political historical past of a global altering yr during which television's effect on worldwide occasions first turned obvious and spontaneous uprisings happened at the same time all over the global.
The yr 1968 encompasses the various geographical regions of teenage and song, politics and battle, economics and the media. This ebook indicates us how one stressed, risky yr has contributed to shaping us into who we're at the present time.
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36 Israel’s History and the History of Israel Figure 7. The ‘Sea Peoples’ as depicted by the Egyptians: (a) the naval battle with Ramses III; (b) Philistine prisoners 2. The Transition (Twelfth Century) 37 The protracted socioeconomic crisis, the demographic upheaval, the disdain of the rural population for the fate of the royal palaces, the recent famines, were all certainly factors in the debilitation of Syro-Palestinian society in the face of the invaders. Moreover, these invaders were probably particularly aggressive and determined, with effective weapons (long iron swords) and a strong social cohesion that allowed them to prevail over fortiﬁed towns and major political formations.
Palestine in the Late Bronze Age 25 Some foreigners, who did not know how to survive, came in ﬂight from their lands, hungry, compelled to live as the game in the desert’ (ANET, 251, c. 1300). The available texts (from contemporary archives or Egyptian celebrative inscriptions) all portray the palace’s point of view, considering nomads as external and indistinguishable entities: thus, they use collective terms and very seldom mention speciﬁc tribes by name. None of the names of the Israelite tribes recorded in biblical texts is attested in Palestine during the Late Bronze Age: the documentation is too scant, but perhaps those tribes did not yet exist as self-identifying units.
Their hearts are not mild, and they do not listen to wheedling (ANET, 477). Egyptians met the Shasu not only in crossing the mountains of SyriaPalestine, but also when the Shasu sought for refuge in Egypt in times of famine. Sometimes they did so following the normal procedures in use at the time and were accepted according to the ideology of the Pharaoh as dispenser of life, as we read in the report of a border ofﬁcer: We completed the crossing of the Shasu from Edom, through the fortress of Merenptah-hotep-her-Ma‘at in Soko, toward the pools of Per-Amun of Merenptah-hotep-her-Ma‘at in Soko, in order to let them live and to let their herds live in the land of His Majesty the good Sun of every country (ANET, 259, c.
1968: The Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky