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The Israel-Palestine Conflict
A History

4th Edition


  • Date Published: March 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108738637

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  • Now in its fourth edition, James L. Gelvin's award-winning account of the conflict between Israel and Palestine offers a compelling, accessible and current introduction for students and general readers. The book traces the struggle from the emergence of nationalism among the Jews of Europe and the Arab inhabitants of Ottoman Palestine through to the present, exploring the external pressures and internal logic that have propelled it. Placing events in Palestine within the framework of global history, The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A History skilfully interweaves biographical sketches, eyewitness accounts, poetry, fiction, and official documentation into its narrative. This updated edition features new material on the fate of the two-state solution during the Trump/Netanyahu era, alongside an expanded glossary and suggestions for further reading.

    • Both students and general readers will enjoy Gelvin's lively conversational style, which creates an accessible introduction to the Israel-Palestine conflict
    • The conflict is brought to life using a range of materials including biographical sketches, eyewitness accounts, poetry, fiction, and official documentation, supporting student understanding
    • The fourth edition will bring readers up-to-date with additional material on the Oslo Accord and its demise, and the Trump presidency, alongside an expanded glossary and suggestions for further reading.
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Gelvin's book, with maps, illustrations, a glossary, thumbnail biographies, and a lean, well-chosen list of suggestions for further reading, fits the genre of the academic textbook at its best. Gelvin sets out the historical context in which Israeli nationalism and Palestinian nationalism have met and contended (and still contend) … Balanced, fair, and readable, this is a fine historical synthesis.' L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs

    'There is little doubt that this book represents a concise, readily accessible, and intelligent survey of the historical development of the Israel-Palestine conflict.' Nigel J. Ashton, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

    'An accessible, engaging, and lucid introduction to the history of the struggle for Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Anyone who wants a clear, well-informed, fair-minded survey of the Palestine question will benefit from reading this book, but even specialists who had thought there was nothing new one could possibly say about this topic may find it of interest.' Zachary Lockman, New York University

    'Gelvin elucidates the broad trends in the hundred-year conflict, making them intelligible through the eye-catching examples and apt quotations … An accessible and thorough study from which students and the educated public can benefit. It is value added to a crowded field.' Ann M. Lesch, Journal of Palestine Studies

    'Gelvin's witty and deliberately balanced account of two nationalisms, one Zionist, one Palestinian, is a refreshing marriage of iconoclasm and contextualisation.' George R. Wilkes, Journal of Jewish Studies

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    Product details

    • Edition: 4th Edition
    • Date Published: March 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108738637
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Author's Note to Previous Editions
    1. The Land and its Lure
    2. Cultures of Nationalism
    3 Zionism and the Colonization of Palestine
    4. World War I and the Palestine Mandate
    5 From Nationalism in Palestine to Palestinian Nationalism
    6 From the Great Revolt through the 1948 War
    7. Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism: A Closer Look
    8 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
    9 The Palestinian National Movement Comes of Age
    10 Coming Full Circle: The Era of Oslo
    Time Line of Events
    Biographical Sketches

  • Author

    James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles
    James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles. A specialist in the modern social and cultural history of the Arab East, he is author of The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know (2017), The Modern Middle East: A History (2020), editor of The Contemporary Middle East in an Age of Upheaval (2021), and co-editor of Global Muslims in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930 (2013). His books have been translated into Italian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, and Polish. In 2015, Gelvin received the Middle East Studies Association's Undergraduate Education Award.

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