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  • Page extent: 252 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.419 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 956.04/2
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: DS126.9 .R49 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949
    • Arab-Israeli conflict
    • Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949--Historiography
    • Arab-Israeli conflict--Historiography
    • Whites--Housing--Michigan--Detroit Region

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521794763 | ISBN-10: 0521794765)

The Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the most intense and intractable international conflicts of modern times. This book is about the historical roots of that conflict. It re-examines the history of 1948, the war in which the newly-born state of Israel defeated the Palestinians and the regular Arab armies of the neighbouring states so decisively. The book includes chapters on all the principal participants, on the reasons for the Palestinian exodus, and on the political and moral consequences of the war. The chapters are written by leading Arab, Israeli and western scholars who draw on primary sources in all relevant languages to offer alternative interpretations and new insights into this defining moment in Middle East history. The result is a major contribution to the literature on the 1948 war. It will command a wide audience from among students and general readers with an interest in the region.

• Controversial revisionist account of the war of 1948 told by historians of Israel and the Arab world • The view of the war from the perspective of Israel and its Arab neighbours as never told before • Authoritative list of contributors who are well known in the field and also outside it


Introduction; 1. The Palestinians and 1948: the causes of failure Rashid Khalidi; 2. Revisiting the Palestinian exodus of 1948 Benny Morris; 3. The Druze and the birth of Israel Laila Parsons; 4. Israel and the Arab coalition in 1948 Avi Shlaim; 5. Jordan and 1948: the persistence of an official history Eugene Rogan; 6. Iraq and the 1948 war: mirror of Iraq's disorder Charles Tripp; 7. Egypt and the 1948 war: internal conflict and regional ambition Fawaz Gerges; 8. Syria and the 1948 war Joshua Landis; Afterword: the consequences of the 1948 war Edward Said.


'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


Rashid Khalidi, Benny Morris, Laila Parsons, Avi Shlaim, Eugene Rogan, Charles Tripp, Fawaz Gerges, Joshua Landis, Edward Said

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