Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History

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A brilliant achievement. By far the most comprehensive analysis of the political economy of Palestine and Palestinians in the twentieth century." (Times Literary Supplement)

Palestine and the Palestinians is a sweeping social, economic, ideological, and political history of the Palestinian people, from antiquity to the Road Map to Peace. This second edition is thoroughly revised and updated, including entirely new chapters on the most current issues confronting Palestine today, including: Palestinians in Israel; the Oslo Accords and the Second Intifada; Palestinian refugees and the right to return; Jerusalem; the diplomatic "peace process" and two-state/single-state solutions.

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Editorial Reviews

Lamis Adoni
Although introductory, this book provides a thorough account of Palestinian history from antiquity to the present. It skillfully combines academic scholarship with an easy-to-read narrative, and is important for readers who are familiar with the Arab israeli conflicts as well as those new to the issue. The book covers the range of forces that forged the Palestinian collective identity. It concludes with a forward-looking analysis of prospects for Palestinian self-determination.
Colorlines, Spring 2001
Examines the social, economic, and political developments of the people of Palestine from the 19th century to the present. Following an overview of the question of Palestine and Palestine's place in regional and global history, chapters analyze Palestinian society before and after the division of Palestine and the dispersal of its people in 1948; the forces and constraints affecting the formation of Palestinian national identity; and prospects for Palestinian self- determination and statehood despite the limitations imposed by the Oslo Accords. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813303406
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/1997
  • Pages: 400
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Samih K. Farsoun is chair of the Department of Sociology at American University and is a member of the executive committee of the Center for Policy Analysis of Palestine. Christina E. Zacharia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at American University. Christina E. Zacharia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at American University. Samih K. Farsoun is chair of the Department of Sociology at American University and is a member of the executive committee of the Center for Policy Analysis of Palestine. Christina E. Zacharia is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at American University.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations
List of Appendixes
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
1 The Question of Palestine and the Palestinians 1
2 Before al-Nakbah: The Modern Social History of Palestine 21
3 The Road to al-Nakbah: The Palestine Mandate, 1917-1948 66
4 After al-Nakbah: The Palestinian Diaspora, 1948-1993 123
5 The Rise and Fall of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, 1948-1993 171
6 Palestinian Resistance to Israeli Occupation: The Intifada 213
7 The PLO-Israel Accords and the Future of Palestine and the Palestinians 253
8 Epilogue: Whither Palestine and the Palestinians? 297
Appendixes 319
Glossary 343
Selected Bibliography 348
About the Book and Authors 362
Index 363
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