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Valuable historical context,
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This review is from: The Politics of Christian Zionism 1891-1948 (Hardcover)
The previous reviewer provides a very useful breakdown of the text, but I wish to add a more general point.
Merkley provides a rigorous historical excavation of sympathy for the idea of a physical 'Jewish State' among Christian politicians and statesmen from Cromwell onwards. With Merkley, I find it highly unlikely that the seed of Herzl's secular colonialist project would have resulted in anything like the outworkings of recent history had it not been for the fertile soil of what I view as colonial Christendom's civilisationist and explicitly proto-Zionist thinking.
Remarkably, I did not feel that I was being steered towards sharing these Zionist sympathies to any extent, and I only became aware of Merkley's own view after reading the book. In fact, as one who rejects both this theological position and its associated politics, I found the historical narrative as presented as tragic as it was informative.
That the previous reviewer with his sympathies, and I with mine, can both rate this book with the full five stars should be telling to anyone interested in this underestimated political movement within Christendom. What's more, it is encouraging that history relating to Zionism can still be generated that is not easily transcribed onto a banner.