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

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

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by Eugene L. Rogan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521875986

ISBN-13: 9780521875981

Pub. Date: 12/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521875981
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2007
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #15
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Chronology
List of abbreviations
Maps
Introduction1
1The Palestinians and 1948: the underlying causes of failure12
2Revisiting the Palestinian exodus of 194837
3The Druze and the birth of Israel60
4Israel and the Arab coalition in 194879
5Jordan and 1948: the persistence of an official history104
6Iraq and the 1948 War: mirror of Iraq's disorder125
7Egypt and the 1948 War: internal conflict and regional ambition151
8Syria and the Palestine War: fighting King 'Abdullah's "Greater Syria Plan"178
9Afterword: the consequences of 1948206
Bibliography220
Index228

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