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Jerusalem currently stands at the center of a violent controversy that threatens the stability of both the Middle East and the world. This volatility, observes Annabel Jane Wharton, is only the most recent manifestation of a centuries-old obsession with the control of the Holy City--military occupation and pilgrimage being two familiar forms of "ownership." Wharton makes the innovative argument here that the West has also sought to possess Jerusalem by acquiring its representations. From relics of the True Cross and Templar replicas of the Holy Sepulchre to Franciscan recreations of the Passion to nineteenth-century mass-produced prints and contemporary theme parks, Wharton describes the…
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Introduction: Project, Keywords, Debts|
|Fragmented Jerusalem: City as Gift|
|Replicated Jerusalem: Temple, Templars, and Primitive Accumulation|
|Fabricated Jerusalem: Franciscans and Pious Mountains|
|Mechanically Reproduced Jerusalem: Entrepreneurs and Tourists|
|Spectacularized Jerusalem: Imperialism, Globalization, and the Holy Land as Theme Park|
|Conclusion: Illusion and Immateriality|