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Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced
     

Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced

by Rochelle Davis
 

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ISBN-10: 0804773130

ISBN-13: 9780804773133

Pub. Date: 11/29/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Throughout modern-day Israel, over four hundred Palestinian villages were depopulated in the 1947-1949 war. With houses mostly destroyed, mosques and churches put to other uses, and cemeteries plowed under, Palestinian communities were left geographically dispossessed. Palestinians have since carried their village names, memories, and possessions with them into the

Overview

Throughout modern-day Israel, over four hundred Palestinian villages were depopulated in the 1947-1949 war. With houses mostly destroyed, mosques and churches put to other uses, and cemeteries plowed under, Palestinian communities were left geographically dispossessed. Palestinians have since carried their village names, memories, and possessions with them into the diaspora, transforming their lost past into local histories in the form of "village memorial books". Numbering more than 100 volumes in print, these books recount family histories, cultural traditions, and the details of village life, revealing Palestinian history through the eyes of Palestinians.

Through a close examination of these books and other commemorative activities, Palestinian Village Histories reveals how history is written, recorded, and contested, as well as the roles that Palestinian conceptions of their past play in contemporary life. Moving beyond the grand narratives of 20th century political struggles, this book analyzes individual and collective historical accounts of everyday life in pre-1948 Palestinian villages as composed today from the perspectives of these long-term refugees.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804773133
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2010
Series:
Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and I Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Note on Translations and Transliterations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Preface xvii

1 Geographies of Dispossession 1

2 Village Books: Local Histories, National Struggles 27

3 Village History and Village Values 64

4 Writing a History, Defining a Past 94

5 The Authority of Memory 122

6 Mapping the Past: The Village Landscape 150

7 Identities and History 179

8 Conclusion: Connecting Geographies of Dispossession 209

Notes 235

Bibliography 279

Index 317

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