Palestine-Israel Conflict

Palestine-Israel Conflict : A Basic Introduction

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This is Pluto's most accessible book yet on one of the most controversial conflicts of our time. This book walks the reader through the entire history of the region. It is ideal for undergraduates and the general reader alike. A historical cover spanning 2000 years, this first book offers a balanced, focused history of the conflict, complete with endnotes, suggested reading, and a secular explanation of the ancient eras. The Palestine-Israel conflict is the most notorious and ingrained conflict of the twentieth century. Yet the way it is reported in the media is often confusing: we are given little background information, so it is hard for the casual observer to understand the reasons behind the violence. Devoid of context, it is easy to think that this is an ancient conflict with its roots in ancient history. This is the first book to provide a clear, accessible introduction that covers the full 2000-year history of the region, from biblical times until today. Perfect for the general reader, as well as students, it offers a comprehensive yet lucid rendering of the conflict, setting it in its proper context. It shows how today's violence is very much a product of recent history, with its roots in the 20th century. The reader is guided through ancient Israel and Islam, and on through two world wars, before coming to a detailed account of the current situation. Each chapter contains notes for further more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 132.1 x 200.7 x 22.9mm | 362.88g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 maps
  • 0745323790
  • 9780745323794

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; SECTION I: BACKGROUND HISTORY; 1. Ancient History: Canaan-Palestine| by Todd M. Ferry; From the First Foot Falls to Rome; 2. Muhammad, Islam, and The Arab Empire; 3. The Crusades to the Ottoman Empire; SECTION II: PRE - CONFLICT; 4. Jewish Persecution and Zionism; 5. Palestine; 6. WWI to WWII; The Genesis of Conflict; SECTION III: CONFLICT; 7. 1947 - 1967; Conflict: Partition, Statehood, and the Six-Day War; 8. The 1970s to Lebanon 1982; The Continuation of the Arab-Israeli Conflict; 9. The Intifada and the Peace Process; 10. Current History; Camp David II to the Road Map; Suggested Reading; Bibliography; more

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"'An indispensable, basic introduction... [the authors] go back in history to provide the essential background, carrying the account of the violent Arab-Jewish conflict to the present time. There is no better single volume -- [this is] objective in every way, as well as informative.' - Gabriel Kolko, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto and author of Another Century of War? 'This work, written with a relaxed informality, is especially good at highlighting key issues. Sensitive to the perceptions and feelings of both Israelis and Palestinians, the book becomes increasingly detailed as its narrative reaches the contemporary conflict. It will be especially helpful to students and to adult readers with no prior knowledge of the Middle East in general or of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in particular.' - Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Penn State University and author of A Concise History of the Middle East"show more

About Gregory Harms

Gregory Harms is a freelance writer and independent researcher. He frequently lectures on the Middle East and international affairs, and has traveled throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Outside the realm of politics, Harms' writing also appears in a recently published anthology entitled The Spoken Word Revolution (Sourcebooks, 2003). Todd Ferry began his studies in archaeology and Near East history at Indiana University. He received his MA in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Chicago in 2001. He has worked as a supervisor at both the sites of Ashkelon and Tel Beth Shemesh in more

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