A Senseless, Squalid War: Voices from Palestine 1945-1948

A Senseless, Squalid War: Voices from Palestine 1945-1948

by Norman Rose

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The troubles in Palestine between the end of World War II and the declaration of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948, ruptured Middle Eastern history and left an indelible mark on the modern world. Chronicling in gripping detail this critical period that led, for the Jews, to the establishment of their national homeland, and, for the Palestinians, to their Nakba ("Catastrophe"), this book gives powerful expression to all those who took part in these stirring events: Britons, Jews, and Arabs alike. Drawing on a rich medley of official documents, private papers, biographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, newspapers, novels, songs, plays, and reminiscences, this book vividly reconstructs the attitudes and experiences of the many diverse participants. Whether foot-soldiers or generals, politicians or diplomats, dissidents, terrorists, writers, teachers, or simply men and women on the street, each voice tells its own story, and is woven into a compelling historical narrative that shifts seamlessly from one level of experience to another.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845950798
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 06/17/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Norman Rose holds the chair of International Relations at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His other biographies include Churchill: The Unruly Giant, The Cliveden Set, and Harold Nicolson.

Table of Contents

1 The Promised Land 1

2 'Beginnings are always troublesome' 20

3 Rebellion 34

4 War 52

5 The 100,000 71

6 Black Sabbath 104

7 Confrontation 130

8 Partition 151

9 Civil War 184

10 Last Days 208

Glossary 218

Notes 220

Bibliography 244

Picture Credits 259

Acknowledgements 261

Index 263

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