We’ve had a look at some American and European maps. How about the Levant, what did it look like just before the first World War?

Here’s a map of Syria-Palestina from mid 19th century:

Deliberate mistake – who was fooled? The map above is from about 2 1/2 thousand years earlier.

This is the one of Syria-Palestina, the Ottoman Turkish administrative areas (or so it said!):

The Eastern border is with Persia.  More maps and things later… BUT,

One of the things we need to understand is that the world changes. Nations change, as do attitudes and beliefs. Nationalism, the notion of nations with distinct and certain borders, home to an homogenous group of people, is relatively recent and inadequately understood, as this sentence shows. The phrase ‘the nation of the Jews’ has almost as many things wrong with it as it has words.