CHAPTERS

The chapters of the book are as follows:

Introduction

Chapter 1 – A Brief History of Ottoman Palestine – Provides a background that will help place the postcards in this book in context.

Chapter 2 – Jerusalem – Describes the most famous city in the world and the nexus of the transformations that occurred in the Holy Land at the time.

Chapter 3 – Village Life – Surveys peasant life in the villages that dotted the country. Approximately sixty percent of the population were peasants (fellahin in Arabic), almost entirely Muslim, who maintained a traditional way of life.

Chapter 4 – The Main Towns – Profiles the main urban centers of the Holy Land, ordered by population size, including: Jaffa and its suburb of Tel-Aviv, Gaza, Haifa, Nablus, Hebron, Safed, Nazareth, Tiberias, Bethlehem, Acre, Ramleh and Ludd.

Chapter 5 – Christians Chapter 6 – Jews Chapter 7 – Muslims – These three chapters discuss the three main groups of inhabitants.

Chapter 8 – Transportation – Explains the development of roads, railways and ports, and their impact on the growth of the country.

Chapter 9 – Jewish Colonies – Profiles the many dozens of agricultural colonies established by Jews;

Chapter 10 – Templer Colonies – Describes similar agricultural settlements founded by German Templers (not to be confused with the Knights Templar from the Middle Ages);

Chapter 11 – The Kaiser’s Visit, recounts the important visit by the German Emperor to the Holy Land in 1898, and its implications for Turko-German relations.

Chapter 12 – Pilgrims, Tourists and Visitors – Discusses the impact of tens of thousands of annual visitors to the Holy Land during the period. An overview of the hotels operating at the time is included in this section.

Chapter 13 – World War I – Shows remarkable images of the conflict that led to the end of Ottoman and Muslim control over the Holy Land.

Chapter 14 – More Postcards of the Holy Land, includes additional interesting postcards and subjects that do not fit neatly into any of the previous chapters.

Appendix – What is Palestine? – Discusses in greater depth the definition of Palestine and how its borders were formed.