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Overview

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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"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

Acclaim for previous edition:

"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.

Chapter One: Two Worlds Collide.

Chapter Two: The Jewish Story.

Chapter Three: The Arab Story.

Chapter Four: The Emergence of Israel.

Chapter Five: The Re-Emergence of the Palestinians.

Chapter Six: The First Pass at Peace.

Chapter Seven: The Fourth Stage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Chapter Eight: The Impasse that Remains.

Chapter Nine: The Perfect Conflict.

Chronology.

Further Reading.

Internet Links.

References.

Index.

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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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