The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 / Edition 2

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The 1948 war led to the creation of the state of Israel, to the fragmentation of Palestine, and to a conflict which has raged across the intervening sixty years. The historical debate also continues and these debates are encapsulated in the essays contained in a second edition of The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948, updated to include chapters on Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. In a preface to the new edition, the editors survey the state of scholarship in this contested field. The fragmentation of the Israeli "New Historians" and the continued unwillingness of Arab societies to engage critically with their own past constrain the field, while new research opportunities are opened through private papers and oral history. The impact of these debates goes well beyond academia. There is an important link between the state of Arab-Israeli relations and popular attitudes towards the past. A more complex and fair-minded understanding of that past is essential for preserving at least the prospect of reconciliation between Arabs and Israel in the future. The rewriting of the history of 1948 thus remains a practical as well as an academic imperative.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
More than half a century has passed since the end of the 1948 Palestine War. The war, which the Israelis call the "War of Independence" and the Palestinians refer to as "the disaster," has been the subject of passionate public debate and numerous scholarly writings in recent years. The official Israeli version of the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem has been challenged by, among other people, a group of Israeli scholars who are variably called the "new historians" or the "revisionists." In this edited volume, Rogan and Shlaim, two prominent scholars of the modern Middle East at the University of Oxford, have brought together leading Israeli revisionist historians with noted Arab and Western scholars to explain the historical and contemporary significance of the 1948 War from various perspectives. In addition to the editors themselves, contributors to this erudite and immensely informative volume include Rashid Khalidi, Benny Morris, Charles Tripp, Joshua Landis, Laila Parsons, Edward Said, and Fawaz Gerges. Their general consensus is that the Palestinian refugee problem resulted not from voluntary flight but from the specific policies of Zionist authorities during the creation of the state of Israel. Highly recommended for public and demic libraries. Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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'The result is a book which is rich in new material and new insights and which enhances considerably our understanding of the historical roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict.' The Middle East

' … a scholarly, readable volume that will provoke more debate …'. Reviews in History

'This stimulating guide to the complex political and military topography of the 1948 war sets new, rigorous standards for subsequent scholars, and should be required reading for anyone who needs to understand what the whole Arab-Israeli business is about.' Contemporary Review

'… a cogent and comprehensive work on the central event in the Middle East in the year 1948 … The War for Palestine demonstrates a dedication to empirical research and a determination to draw independent conclusions'. English Historical Review

'This volume presents important and original scholarship on the 1948 war … It succeeds in bringing together historians from different backgrounds and demonstrates their ability to communicate and jointly challenge historical myths.' American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

'This critical look at internal factors on the Arab side is most welcome in order to understand the events of 1948.' Journal of Peace Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521699341
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2007
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #15
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,505,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene L. Rogan is University Lecturer in the Modern History of the Middle East and a Fellow of St Antony's College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (1999) and editor of Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East (2002). He is editor of The Contemporary Middle East series published by Cambridge.

Avi Shlaim is Professor of International Relations and a Fellow of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. He was a British Academy Research Professor in 2003–6 and he was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2006. His previous publications include War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History (1995) and The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (2000). His biography of King Hussein of Jordan will be published in 2007.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Palestinians and 1948: the underlying causes of failure 12
2 Revisiting the Palestinian exodus of 1948 37
3 The Druze and the birth of Israel 60
4 Israel and the Arab coalition in 1948 79
5 Jordan and 1948: the persistence of an official history 104
6 Iraq and the 1948 War: mirror of Iraq's disorder 125
7 Egypt and the 1948 War: internal conflict and regional ambition 151
8 Syria and the Palestine War: fighting King 'Abdullah's "Greater Syria Plan" 178
9 Afterword: the consequences of 1948 206
Bibliography 220
Index 228
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