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What explains the peculiar intensity and intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Of all the "hot spots" in the world today, the apparently endless clash between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East seems unique in its longevity and resistance to resolution. Is this conflict really different from other ethnic and nationalist confrontations, and if so, in what way? Alan Dowty demystifies the conflict by putting it in historical perspective, identifying its roots, and tracing its evolution up to the current impasse. His account offers a clear analytic framework for understanding transformations over time, and punctures the myth of an "age-old" conflict with an unbridgeable gap between the two sides. Rather than reciting historical detail, the book serves as a road map through the conflicting claims. This expanded and updated edition also includes a new chapter on the so-called "fourth stage" of the conflict. The opposed perspectives of the two sides with their concerns, hopes and passions are presented in full, leaving readers to make their own evaluations. It makes it clear why this conflict is waged with such vehemence - and why, for all that, there are some grounds for optimism.

About the Author:
Alan Dowty is Professor Emeritus and Senior Associate in Middle East Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

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Editorial Reviews

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"Simply the best book available for undergraduates. In my many years of teaching I have never received such universal praise for a textbook on course evaluations."
Israel Studies Review

Acclaim for previous editions:

"An excellent analysis of the issue at the core of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, stripped of the 'subjective' accretions of emotions and passions, prejudice and ethnic hatred. It is the book to which scholars and belligerents should return in the heat of battle to remind themselves of the real issue at stake."
Australian Journal of Political Science

"Presents clearly the facts that underscore the tragedy for both sides of this conflict."
Journal of Contemporary Religion

"A veritable joy for the average Middle East academic connoisseur."
Political Studies Review

"Alan Dowty’s book now receives pride of place at the top of my list of concise, illuminating histories of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict to recommend. This will be a leading contender to be the textbook of choice in basic courses on the conflict."
Middle East Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745642437
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2008
  • Series: Global Political Hot Spots Series , #2
  • Edition description: Fully Revised and Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Dowty is Professor of Government and International Studies and Fellow of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction: Two Worlds Collide     1
Dispelling Myths     1
Defining the Conflict     4
The Setting: Ottoman Palestine     12
The Jewish Story     21
A Fossilized Relic?     21
The Theme of Persecution     27
"Come, Let Us Go"     31
Herzl and the Second Aliya     35
First Encounters     40
The Arab Story     45
The Glory of Islam     45
The Rise of the West     53
Palestine and Palestinism     58
First Encounters     61
The Debut of Arab Nationalism     65
The Emergence of Israel     69
The British Mandate     69
A Mischievous Pretence?     77
Holocaust and Partition     80
The War of Independence/An-Naqba: The Second Stage of the Conflict     86
Nasser and Nationalism     96
The Re-emergence of the Palestinians     105
The War that No One Wanted?     105
The Peculiar Legacy of 1967     110
The Decade of Sadat: Entering the Third Stage of the Conflict     116
The Lebanese Tangle     126
Shaking ThingsUp: The First Intifada     130
The First Pass at Peace     137
The Oslo Breakthrough     137
The Rocky Road to Peace     145
What Went Wrong?     150
The Roof Falls In     157
The Fourth Stage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict     162
The End of the Arafat Era     162
Israel Turns to Unilateralism     168
A Turning Point: Ideology Prevails     178
The Impasse that Remains     187
The End of the Two-State Solution?     187
Territory and Settlements     194
Jerusalem     200
Security Issues     204
Refugees     208
A General Prognosis     213
The Perfect Conflict     219
Right against Right?     219
A Practical Solution     222
Building Foundations: Extremists and Illusions     225
Reflections     228
Chronology     230
Further Reading     241
Internet Links     243
References     245
Index     257
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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Excellent Introduction to the Israel/Palestine Conflict

    Dowty does an excellent job surveying the major actors and stages in the conflict over Eretz Yisreael/Filastin. The book is also a very accessible read. I also believe that Dowty does a good job presenting with equal strength the arguments on both sides. The reader is most definitely left with a healthy sense for why Dowty at the end of the book describes the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as "The Perfect Conflict."

    While the book was extremely informative, I do think that it could better served if it had a few more maps, as I was not very familiar with the geography at the various stages of the conflict. Besides that, I believe the book is a great find!

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in coming to a greater understanding of the various forces operating in present-day israel/Palestine who has not already had a class or formal introduction to the matter. It would contribute greatly to the cultural literacy of those contemplating travel to the Holy Land as well!

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