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By Peter Hennessy

ISBN-10: 1849544328

ISBN-13: 9781849544320

In Distilling the push, the UK's major modern historian examines the particular concerns that practice to writing the background of one's personal occasions, and revisits the grand topics working throughout the 20th and twenty-first centuries. He appears at Britain's chronic impulse to punch good above its weight on the planet; on the sustenance of the nuclear guns coverage which has observed that impulse; and on the intelligence operations which underpin it. For the human standpoint on those large matters, he applies his trademark combination of scholarship and wit to evaluate the contrasting types and achievements of post-war major ministers from Clement Attlee to David Cameron. As one among Britain's most excellent constitutional specialists (and now a cross-bench peer) Peter Hennessy brings a distinct viewpoint to the query of reform of the home of Lords, that inflammation to the physique politic once more on the very vanguard of political debate. Shot via with a thread of autobiography...

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The present Pharaoh was uneasy about the independent power of the Hebrews, fearing they could form alliances with his enemies or fight directly against Egypt. “Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens” (Exodus 1:11). But the Israelites still multiplied, even under conditions of slavery. Next, the Pharaoh turned to genocide. He ordered that all male children born to the Israelites be thrown in the Nile. Moses (“drawn from the water”), a child of the tribe of Levites, was three months old when he was set afloat in an ark of bulrushes.

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. (Exodus 13:21) God again turned the heart of Pharaoh to anger, “that I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army; and the Egyptians shall know 2 The New Year was later moved to the Fall. See appendix 3 for the holiday calendar. 3 Isaiah, 45:7. 58 exodus that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:4 NRSV). The Israelites were camped along the banks of the Red Sea when the Egyptian army came after them.

The Egyptian magicians did the same, but Aaron’s serpent consumed them all. Next, a cruel series of ten plagues of increasing severity came upon the land. The first nine included the waters turning to blood, followed by infestations of frogs, gnats, flies, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, then darkness covering the land for three days. At first, the Egyptian magicians duplicated the plagues, leaving Pharaoh unmoved at this contest between the God of Israel and the gods of Egypt. But as the plagues increased in severity, the Egyptian magicians were unable to replicate them, telling Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19).

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