Today in Middle Eastern history: General Allenby comes to Jerusalem (1917)

In a sense, if you’re into this sort of thing, the British army’s capture of Jerusalem marked a very belated end to the Crusades. I mean, it took a while, but Edmund Allenby was technically a European Christian, and there he was, on December 11, 1917, marching into the city that had been the object of the Crusading movement as a conquering hero. Now obviously World War I wasn’t a religious crusade, and Allenby wasn’t there to establish a new Christian kingdom in the Holy Land, but there is something to be said both for the parallel and for the fact that Jerusalem remained (remains) so symbolically important.

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