Sorry but - Twain's book is not valid historical source - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 23.03.10 | 18:44 (IST)

    on the Middle-East. He was not an historian, geographer, ethnologist, or demographer. He was an author who documented his personal perceptions about a visit to the Holy Land. Sorry folks, but you really can't use visits to selected locations in any country, or region, as a basis for demographic conclusions. The same is true today, and would have been even more so well over a hundred years ago. Twain's account is little more than tourist's journal, with subjective perceptions that are heavily influenced by his expectations and personal prejudices. On a final note, even today, in many places around this world, one can travel all day without seeing anyone - having passed by thousands.

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