Gaza: A History

Gaza: A History

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By (author) Jean-Pierre Filiu

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  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 39mm | 833g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849044015
  • ISBN 13: 9781849044011
  • Sales rank: 191,397

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Through its millennium-long existence, Gaza has often been bitterly disputed while simultaneously and paradoxically enduring prolonged neglect. Jean-Pierre Filiu's book is the first com--prehensive history of Gaza in any language. Squeezed between the Negev and Sinai deserts on the one hand and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, Gaza was contested by the Pharaohs, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Fatimids, the Mamluks, the Crusaders and the Ottomans. Napoleon had to secure it in 1799 to launch his failed campaign on Palestine. In 1917, the Brit--ish Empire fought for months to conquer Gaza, before establishing its mandate on Palestine. In 1948, 200,000 Palestinians sought refuge in Gaza, a marginal area neither Israel nor Egypt wanted. Palestinian nationalism grew there, and Gaza has since found itself at the heart of Palestinian history. It is in Gaza that the fedayeen movement arose from the ruins of Arab national--ism. It is in Gaza that the 1967 Israeli occupation was repeatedly challenged, until the outbreak of the 1987 intifada. And it is in Gaza, in 2007, that the dream of Palestinian statehood appeared to have been shattered by the split between Fatah and Hamas. The endurance of Gaza and the Palestinians make the publication of this history both timely and significant.

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Jean-Pierre Filiu is Professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po in Paris, and has held visiting professor--ships at both Columbia University and Georgetown University. His latest book The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising was published by Hurst in 2011.

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'This history ranks as a masterpiece in the literature of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It tells us the facts, explains both sides of the coin and leaves readers to draw their conclusions. Its timing, of course, could not be better.' - Sunday Times 'Superbly researched and well written, Filiu's work is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand contemporary affairs in the Middle East and the relationship between the state of Israel and the Palestinian people.' - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 'A magnificent piece of historical writing: clear in its exposition, careful in its use of a treasure-trove of new sources and judicious in its analysis of competing political claims to this small and troubled strip of land. It is difficult to see how it will ever be rivalled in terms of scope, intensity and sympathetic understanding.' - Roger Owen, Emeritus Professor of Middle East History, Harvard University 'Based on interviews and hard to find documents, Filiu's book is a remarkable work of scholarship that will long stand as the standard history of Gaza. In a subject area strewn with polemic, the author is objective and level-headed.' - John Calvert, Professor of History, Creighton University, USA