Memories of Revolt: The 1936-1939 Rebellion and the Palestinian National Past / Edition 1

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Overview

In 1936, the Palestinians rose against British rule. Sixty years later, this revolt has been co-opted as a symbol of resistance for both Palestinian and Israeli nationalists - but with very different meaning for the two groups. In this book, Ted Swedenburg analyzes individual and collective memories of the rebellion for what they disclose about the shaping of historical consciousness. His work shows how, through memory, the events of the past come to serve the politics of today. Swedenburg interviewed numerous veterans of the revolt for their recollections. He checks these memories against popular and scholarly accounts of the rebellion to reveal the self-deceptions, contradictions, and diffuse interests involved in the process of remembering a historic event. The result is a richly textured portrayal of memory as a "common sense," a complex rendering of the revolt of the 1930s in its relation to antagonistic Israeli memory, Palestinian nationalism, popular traditions, and the Palestinian struggle in the international arena.
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Swedenburg (anthropology, American U., Cairo) contributes to an understanding of present Palestinian ideology with this history of the 1936 revolt against the British. He interviews veterans, and checks oral accounts against extensive academic research to construct a thesis of historical memory as symbolic idealization, finding that the discrepancies in historical accuracy help to feed Palestinian nationalism, tradition, and antagonism toward the Israelis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287632
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Glossary
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Memories of Revolt
1 Popular Memory and the Palestinian National Past 1
2 Scenes of Erasure 38
3 Popular Nationalism 76
4 Memory as Resistance 107
5 (Un)popular Memories: Accommodation and Collaboration 138
6 Memory Recoded: Intifada/Thawra 171
Epilogue: Fabulous Images 202
Afterword 211
Notes 217
Bibliography 241
Index 259
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