Late last year our knowledge and interest in the First World War was re-kindled, for it was a hundred years ago that the ‘Great War’ came to an end on 11 November 1918.

The background of that Great War and its consequences are the two ‘book-ends’ of this classic historical account. The public depression at the end of the war gave birth to the saying, “A war to end all wars” — David Fromkin, with the perspective of a further 70 years, plays upon that saying and, in the light of the calamities that followed, especially in the Middle East, portrays the terms of peace as the cause of many decades of violence and trouble.

The pivotal year is 1917. Three principal powers of Europe lost their governments and three new leaders took the reins of government. Georges Clemenceau in Paris replaced a rather lax regime, and with his bellicose manner, governed France with utter determination to defeat Germany. Russia lost its Czar and Lenin, a fire-breathing Communist, took over and led Russia out of the war. Britain’s Prime Minister, Lord Asquith, a man of dignity and poise, was replaced with David Lloyd George—a short and boisterous man, bursting with ideas and initiatives and an eloquent expression to carry them off.

Prime Minister Lloyd George was fed up with the western front and its shameful loss of life. On just one day 62,000 soldiers lost their lives at the battle of the Somme. Lloyd George wanted to switch the big fight to the eastern front, destroy the Turkish Empire and trade off many of its colonies. This remarkable switch in the goals of the British Empire lifted the Old Lion out of the pit (for the Allies had suffered a sequence of critical losses and were in fear of losing the war).

But where was the Prime Minister’s principal desire? Amazingly, it was Palestine. Why was this so? Because in his early life in North Wales, he was taught the Scriptures daily by his enthusiastic and studious mother and now in 1917 he could see that here was an opening for Britain to play the role of national supporter for the return of scattered Jews throughout the world to the land promised to their fathers—just as the Scriptures said they would do (Isa 60, etc).

Even more remarkable is the exposure of the first copy of the Balfour Declaration. It was in 1903 and Theodore Herzl was seeking help from a lawyer for his proposed new Jewish State. He chose a young man starting out in his new legal office. The lawyer drew up a charter for a possible Jewish settlement. This was accepted by his client who then submitted it formally to the British Government and received favourable response. Effectively this was the first ‘Balfour Declaration’. Fourteen years later, that same lawyer, David Lloyd George, was the Prime Minister of Britain when the Declaration was signed. Lord Balfour brought it into the Cabinet room but its content was essentially that of Lloyd George, 14 years before! It is exciting to see how the hand of God is clearly behind details of the Jewish return.

This book has almost six hundred pages and dozens of interesting pictures. It is sure to enlighten its readers on almost every question of WWI and of the aftermath years up to 1922. The years from 1918 to 1927 were full of Middle East activity, involving Turkey and her former colonies and all the States south of Russia; the German invasion of these States and the Turkey-Germany war; the people of Iraq and Iran; the arrival of many Arab States, and the British Empire in North African countries.

It is written in a comprehensive but easy style, a very important help to our prophecy students.

For our love of Israel and a better understanding of all her surrounding neighbours, this is an excellent read and study all in one.

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