An Historical Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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This first encyclopedia about the Arab-Israeli conflict by a team of experts gives detailed and comprehensive coverage of the important political, military, and diplomatic events, places, people, groups, agreements, treaties, and issues that have marked this controversial and complex regional and international conflict. A team of authorities with varying backgrounds, interests, disciplines, and perspectives gives special attention to the period since the adoption of the Palestine partition plan in November 1947, the first Arab-Israeli War up to the Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles and subsequent agreements, as well as the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty and implementation process.

Hundreds of entries arranged alphabetically provide hard-to-find information and point to sources for further reading and research. Extensive cross-references, a chronology of important events, a bibliographical essay, and a general index further enhance this basic research tool. Designed for broad interdisciplinary use by scholars, students, policymakers, and general readers of varying backgrounds, interests, disciplines, and perspectives in college, university, institutional, and public libraries.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As he did with Arab-Israeli Conflict and Conciliation: A Documentary History, Reich fills a void with this comprehensive encyclopedia. Besides maps, lists of acronyms, and notes for further reading after each entry, there is a chronology of events from 1800 B.C.E. to 1995. This is a work that will enchance any library's reference shelf."


Library Journal

"The ubiquitous headlines about violence, terrorist attacks, retaliatory raids, secret and public negotiations, and promises made and promises broken in the Middle East highlight events whose complex roots lie deep in the region's history. Those who want to understand the day's news in the context of this historical complexity will find unfailing help in this encyclopedia…a key reference title…"


Rettig on Reference

"Historical Encyclopedia is a superior reference work - consistently accurate, terse, and unbiased."


Middle East Quarterly

"Certainly encyclopedic, since material covered extends beyond the core agents of the Arab-Israeli confl ict, this is an

extensive source on an important regional confl ict….This is an impressive resource for students seeking a general introductory statement on any of the multiple facets of the conflict."


Association of Jewish Libraries

Library Journal
As he did with Arab-Israeli Conflict and Conciliation: A Documentary History (Greenwood, 1995), Reich (political science, George Washington University) fills a void with this comprehensive encyclopedia. Besides maps, lists of acronyms, and notes for further reading after each entry, there is a chronology of events from 1800 B.C.E. to 1995. However, despite the extensive coverage of recent horrors such as the Munich massacre of 11 Israelis and the Beirut Airport raid, other tragedies, such as the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Embassy with the loss of 53 lives and the attack on the Multinational Forces base causing 241 U.S. and 59 French deaths, receive only passing attention. And the almost total destruction of Beirut with the loss of thousands of lives is referred to as merely a "siege." Nevertheless, it is impossible to argue with the scholarly approach to the subject, and the faults are few. This is a work that will enhance any library's reference shelf.-Louise F. Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
A reference on all aspects of the regional and international conflict, focusing on the period since the adoption of the Palestinian partition plan in November 1947; the first Arab-Israeli War up to the Israel- PLO Declaration of Principles; and the Israel-Jordon Peace Treaty. Entries of varying length, on political, military and diplomatic events as well as people, institutions, and concepts, contain bibliographies and cross references. Includes a chronology spanning centuries, and a list of abbreviations and acronyms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313273742
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 672
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

BERNARD REICH, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, has published widely on U.S. Middle East policy and on Middle Eastern politics.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors and the Contributors



Abbreviations, acronyms

Historical Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Chronology of major events

Bibliographical Essay


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