The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order available in Hardcover
On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas did something guerrillas don't do: they stood and fought an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they showed that Palestinians would hold their ground. More important, this symbolic victory transformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere.
In The Global Offensive, historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context. After defeat in the 1967 war, the crushing of a guerrilla campaign on the West Bank, and the attack on al-Karama, Arafat and his fellow guerilla fighters opened a global offensive aimed at achieving national liberation for the Palestinian people. In doing so, they reinvented themselves as players on the world stage, combining controversial armed attacks, diplomacy, and radical politics. They forged a network of nationalist revolutionaries, making alliances with South African rebels, Latin American insurrectionists, and Vietnamese Communists. They persuaded the United Nations to take up their agenda, and sent Americans and Soviets scrambling as these stateless forces drew new connections across the globe. In March 1970, for example, at the height of the Vietnam War, Arafat visited Hanoi. "The Vietnamese and Palestinian people have much in common," General Vo Nguyen Giap announced, "just like two people suffering from the same illness." Richard Nixon's views mirrored Giap's: "You cannot separate what happens to America in Vietnam from the Mideast or from Europe or any place else."
Deftly argued and based on extensive new research, The Global Offensive will change the way we think of the history of not only the PLO, but also the Cold War and international relations since.
About the Author
Paul Chamberlin is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kentucky. He has held fellowships at Yale University and Williams College, and won the inaugural Oxford University Press USA Prize in International History.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Palestine Liberation and the Dawn of the Post-Cold War Era
1. The Struggle against Oppression Everywhere
2. The Storm
3. Nixon, Kissinger, and the Terror of a Post-Imperial World
4. The Jordanian Civil War
5. A Worldwide Interlocking Terrorist Network
6. "The Torch Has Been Passed From Vietnam To Us"
7. The Diplomatic Struggle