A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples

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Ilan Pappe's book is the story of Palestine, a land inhabited by two peoples, with two national identities. It begins with the Ottomans in the early 1800s, the reign of Muhammad Ali, and traces a path through the arrival of the early Zionists at the end of that century, through the British mandate at the beginning of the twentieth century, the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, and the subsequent wars and conflicts which culminated in the intifadas of 1987 and 2000. While these events provide the background to the narrative and explain the construction of Zionist and Palestinian nationalism, at center stage are those who lived through these times, men and women, children, peasants, workers, town-dwellers, Jews and Arabs. It is a story of coexistence and cooperation, as well as oppression, occupation, and exile. Ilan Pappe is well known as a revisionist historian of Palestine and a political commentator on the Israel-Palestine conflict. His book is lucid and typically forthright. It is a unique contribution to the history of this troubled land which all those concerned with developments in the Middle East will have to read.
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Library Journal
The Israeli and Palestinian people have established historical and emotional attachments to the land both have inhabited for a long period, and Palestine's modern history has been shaped largely by the struggle of these two peoples. In this well-researched and challenging book, Israeli academic Pappe (Haifa Univ.; The Israeli-Palestinian Question) traces developments in Palestine from the early 1800s to the 1948 establishment of Israel through to the present conflict. The author belongs to a small yet significant group of Israeli revisionist scholars and political commentators who seek to challenge the official government version of political developments in Israel/Palestine. Here he builds on his previous work on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to chronicle the Palestinians' struggle to maintain their national and cultural identity under the increasingly harsh conditions imposed by the realities of Israeli policies in the occupied territories. The author utilizes sources in Hebrew, Arabic, and several Western languages to write a scholarly, yet accessible, history. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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'Pappe's latest work will inspire …' James Cullingham, Seneca College

'Along with the late Edward Said, Ilan Pappe is the most eloquent writer of Palestinian history. He is also one of the most scholarly … here, for the first time, is a textbook on Palestine that narrates the real story as it happened - a non-Zionist version of Zionism … To its credit, Cambridge University Press has published Pappe's pioneering and highly accessible work as an authoritative history.' New Statesman

'Ilan Pappe is a 'new historian' and this book is true to this label. It adopts a revisionist approach and it challenges the old ways in which the history of Palestine is written which makes it such an exciting read.' Ahron Bregman, International Affairs

'… Ilan Pappe has written a book that is lucid and forthright. It is a unique contribution to the history of this troubled land, and all those concerned with developments in the Middle East will have to read … Ilan Pappe's book is a valuable contribution to the historical research of Palestine as a general survey for those studying the subject. Designed for students and general readers, the book's new approach to the analysis of well-known events will be of interest to academics, journalists, foreign-policy makers, and to all those concerned with Palestine's complex past and its uncertain future. The inclusion of illustrations, maps, short biographies, a glossary of terms, a bibliography, and a reliable index further increases the usefulness of the book.' Quarterly Journal of African and Asian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521556323
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Pappe is Senior Lecturer in political science at Haifa University in Israel. He has written extensively on the politics of the Middle East, and is well known for his revisionist interpretation of Israeli history and as a critic of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians. His books include The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947–1951 (1992/4) and The Modern Middle East (2005).
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Table of Contents

Introduction : a new look at modern Palestine and Israel 1
1 Fin de Siecle (1856-1900) : social tranquility and political drama 14
2 Between tyranny and war (1900-1918) 43
3 The mandatory state : colonialism, nationalization and cohabitation 72
4 Between Nakbah and independence : the 1948 war 122
5 The age of partition (1948-1967) 141
6 Greater Israel and occupied Palestine : the rise and fall of high politics (1967-1987) 183
7 The uprising and its political consequences (1987-1996) 230
8 A post-Zionist moment of grace? 253
9 The suicidal track : the death of Oslo and the road to perdition 272
Postscript : the post-Arafat era and the new Sharon Age 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    Fine study of Palestine

    This is a history of Palestine and its inhabitants from Ottoman rule to the Intifadas of 1987 and 2000. It complements, but does not replace, Avi Shlaim¿s superlative, and presciently titled, book `The Iron Wall¿. Palestine¿s British rulers tried from 1918 to get the two peoples to build a British protectorate, but failed. After the British allowed a division of the unitary economic system in 1929, Jewish leaders built up an independent, privileged Zionist enclave. They mobilised the Jews by intensifying enlistment, imposing coercive taxes, preventing emigration and encouraging immigration. In the 1948 war, the Zionist leaders, under the cover of a war of national liberation against the British Empire and its puppet Arab royals, expelled most Palestinians from their homes. Pappe writes of the Zionists¿ military Plan D¿s two aims: ¿the first being to take swiftly and systematically any installation, military or civilian, evacuated by the British. ¿ The second, and far more important objective, of the plan was to cleanse the future Jewish state of as many Palestinians as possible.¿ Atrocities carried out by Zionist forces, including the massacres at Dir Yassin and Balad al-Shaykh, forced 690,000 Palestinians to flee under threat of death. Decades of partition and occupation followed. Now Israel is building yet more illegal settlements, blockading the Palestinians (causing 50% unemployment), manning an electric fence around the Gaza Strip, abusing people at checkpoints, demolishing houses, assassinating at will, conducting mass arrests, torturing detainees, and building a wall dividing the West Bank from Israel. In the last three years, Israeli forces have killed 2,750 Palestinian civilians, and Palestinian suicide bombers have killed 892 Israeli civilians. The US state massively subsidises the Israeli state. Bush fully backs Sharon the career terrorist: ten days after assuming the Presidency, Bush told the National Security Council, ¿We¿re going to correct the imbalances of the previous administration on the Mideast conflict. We¿re going to tilt it back towards Israel.¿ US and EU interference have inflamed, not resolved, the conflict. Outside attempts to achieve a solution by backing one people against another will always fail.

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