Royalist nationalism, opposition prophets, and the impact of exile and return

Jack Conrad concludes his survey of Ancient Israel (supplement III)

Compared with the northern kingdom of Israel - which was abolished by Assyrian decree in or around 720 BCE - history moved according to a similar, but delayed, rhythm in the southern kingdom of Judea. Archaeological evidence shows that between the late 8th and early 7th centuries BCE the population of Jerusalem doubles and doubles again. From a thousand to perhaps 15,000. A rough estimate, of course; and with equal vagueness historians reckon a one-in-20 to a one-in-10 ratio between urban and rural populations in the ancient world. So that would give a total population in Judea of around 200,000 at the time.

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Letters

Vote Ed; Christian plea; I give up; Permanent war; Cruel violations; Trojan horse; Sexist cliché; Screwed up; Laws and rights

A class act

Chris Strafford looks at the life of Tom Mann and the pre-war struggles that helped lay the basis for the founding of the CPGB

Official: Gaza is a prison camp

Tony Greenstein sees a Palestinian David versus an Israeli Goliath

Coal and Clausewitz

Lawrence Parker reviews Nina Fishman's 'Arthur Horner: a political biography' (Vol 1 1894-1944; Vol 2 1944-68), Lawrence and Wishart, 2010, pp608, £22.50 each

Freedom to choose emancipation and dress

To force a woman to remove her veil is just as subjugating as forcing her to cover up. Peter Manson replies to left and right criticisms

Open the books - end state secrecy

Wikileaks tip of iceberg, writes James Turley

Hands off Russia!

Further episodes from our history : 1918-1919

Holy water consecrates Cameron's big society

The coalition government's programme of cuts has in effect been blessed by a whole range of Christian denominations and groups, reports Eddie Ford

A grand a day

Howard Roak insists it's still not too late to contribute to the SO

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