The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War / Edition 2

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The conflict between Israelis and their forebears, on the one hand, and Palestinians and theirs, on the other, has lasted more than a century and generated more than its share of commentaries and histories. James L. Gelvin's new account of that conflict offers a compelling, accessible, and up-to-the-moment introduction for students and general readers. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, when the inhabitants of Ottoman Palestine and the Jews of eastern Europe began to conceive of themselves as members of national communities, the book traces the evolution and interaction of these communities from their first encounters in Palestine through to the present, exploring the external pressures and internal logic that have propelled their conflict. The book, which places events in Palestine within the framework of global history, skillfully interweaves biographical sketches, eyewitness accounts, poetry, fiction, and official documentation into its narrative and includes photographs, maps, and an abundance of supplementary material.
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"Gelvin elucidates the broad trends in the hundred-year conflict, making them intelligible through eye-catching examples and apt quotations.... In all, The Israel-Palestine Conflict is an accessible and thorough study from which students and the educated public can benefit. It is value added to a crowded field." - Journal of Palestine Studies (praise for the first edition)

A historian of the modern Middle East, Gelvin is well placed to examine the early development of both Zionist and Palestinian national movements...The book provides a challenging comparison of two ostensibly opposed nationalisms, a comparison which offers food for thought..." - Georger Wilkes, Journal of Jewish Studies

"The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War is a lively read, written by a well-informed specialist on Syria... I might mention that the photographs are excellent—the best that I have seen in a book of this kind... The Israeli-Palestine Conflict is an accessible and thoughtful study...It is value added to a crowded field." - Ann M. Lesch, Journal of Palestine Studies

"Gelvin's volume is distinguished from the others cited above because it is concise; written in a witty and engaging style; profusely illustrated with photographs, facsimiles of stamps, and maps; and successfully uses poetry and other cultural materials to inform the political narrative. Most importantly, and this remedies the biggest flaw of all the other existing texts, Gelvin's book is theoretically informed without being jargonistic; and it is equally skeptical of the nationalist mythologies of both parties to the conflict without indulging in false moral equivalencies." - Joel Beinin, H-Net

"If anybody could be expected to make sense of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in less than 300 pages, Gelvin could. With this book, he has succeeded." - Mark Sedgwick, Terrorism and Political Violence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521888356
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of several books, as well as numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes.
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Table of Contents

1 The land and its lure 1
2 Cultures of nationalism 14
3 Zionism and the colonization of Palestine 46
4 World War I and the Palestine mandate 76
5 From nationalism in Palestine to Palestinian nationalism 92
6 From the great revolt through the 1948 war 116
7 Zionism and Palestinian nationalism : a closer look 144
8 The Arab-Israeli conflict 165
9 The Palestinian national movement comes of age 196
10 The rise and fall of the Oslo accord 228
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