The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East

The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East

by Guy Laron


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The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East by Guy Laron

An enthralling, big-picture history that examines the Six-Day War, its causes, and its enduring consequences against its global context

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Many scholars have documented how the Six-Day War unfolded, but little has been done to explain why the conflict happened at all. As we approach its fiftieth anniversary, Guy Laron refutes the widely accepted belief that the war was merely the result of regional friction, revealing the crucial roles played by American and Soviet policies in the face of an encroaching global economic crisis, and restoring Syria’s often overlooked centrality to events leading up to the hostilities.
The Six-Day War effectively sowed the seeds for the downfall of Arab nationalism, the growth of Islamic extremism, and the animosity between Jews and Palestinians. In this important new work, Laron’s fresh interdisciplinary perspective and extensive archival research offer a significant reassessment of a conflict—and the trigger-happy generals behind it—that continues to shape the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300234558
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 215,232
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Guy Laron is senior lecturer in international relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Maryland, Northwestern University, and Oxford. He is the author of Origins of the Suez Crisis and lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Table of Contents

Map of the Six-Day War vii

Preface viii

Introduction: From the Local to the Global 1

1 The Article 13

2 The Baath in Power, 1963-66 23

3 Playing the Israel Card 33

4 The Spy Who Came Back from the Cold 44

5 The Corruption of the Revolution 55

6 Sliding into War 72

7 The Phone Call 86

8 Defying Israel's Founding Father 96

9 Expanding Israel's Borders 106

10 Confronting Syria 118

11 The Self-Inflicted Recession 126

12 Rabin's Schlieffen Plan 145

13 From Yemen to Texas 161

14 A Short Tether 176

15 Arming the Middle East 187

16 Secret Liaisons 193

17 Abba Eban's Tin Ear 201

18 One Soviet Foreign Policy or Two? 218

19 Restraining Damascus, Disciplining Cairo 227

20 A Soviet Hall of Mirrors 243

21 A Very Israeli Putsch? 256

22 Last Days 277

Conclusion: Six Days and After 285

Endnotes 314

Select Bibliography 351

Illustration Credits 355

Index 356

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