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What explains the peculiar intensity and evident intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Of all the 'hot spots' in the world today, the apparently endless clash between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East seems unique in its longevity and resistance to resolution. Is this conflict really different from other ethnic and nationalist confrontations, and if so, in what way? In this fully revised and updated second edition of his highly respected introductory text, Alan Dowty demystifies the conflict by putting it in broad historical perspective, identifying its roots, and tracing its evolution up to the current impasse.His account offers a clear analytic framework for understanding transformations over time, and in doing so, punctures the myths of an 'age-old' conflict with an unbridgeable gap between the two sides. Rather than simply reciting historical detail, this book presents a clear overview that serves as a road map through the thicket of conflicting claims. In this account the opposed perspectives of the two sides are presented in full, leaving readers to make their own evaluations of the issues.
The book thus expresses fairly and objectively the concerns, hopes, fears, and passions of both sides, making it clear why this conflict is waged with such vehemence and why, for all that, there are some grounds for optimism.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 20mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745632025
  • 9780745632025

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Table of contents

Preface Chapter One: Introduction: Two Worlds Collide Chapter Two: The Jewish Story Chapter Three: The Arab Story Chapter Four: The Emergence of Israel Chapter Five: The Re-Emergence of the Palestinians Chapter Six: The First Pass at Peace Chapter Seven: The Impasse that Remains Chapter Eight: The Perfect Conflict Chronology Further Reading Internet Links References Index
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"This book is a superb little gem. It is very well written, makes good use of quotes and sources, and, most of all, and excellent introduction to the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Dowty is remarkably fair. Both sides have their views presented in a compelling manner, both die-hard Zionists and Palestinian activists will find much to admire - and resent - about this book." - Steven David, Johns Hopkins University "Alan Dowty's Israel/Palestine is an authoritative and extraordinarily valuable text for courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Rare for its scrupulous attention to balance and careful examination of the responsibilities of all sides, Dowty not only offers an opportunity to evaluate critically their differences but also suggests the commonalities out of which the conflict could be resolved." - S. Ilan Troen, Brandeis University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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About Alan Dowty

Alan Dowty, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, and Kahanoff Chair Professor in Israeli Studies at the University of Calgary
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