The Palestine-Israel Conflict

The Palestine-Israel Conflict : A Basic Introduction

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The Palestine-Israel conflict is the most notorious and ingrained conflict of the twentieth, and now twenty-first, century. Yet the way it is reported in the media is often confusing, leading many to assume the hostilities stretch back to an ancient period.

The Palestine-Israel Conflict is the first book to provide a clear, accessible, and annotated introduction that covers the full 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 historical context. Harms and Ferry show how today's violence is very much a product of recent history, with its roots in the twentieth century.

This balanced account is now fully up to date, including the ongoing situation in Gaza, making it a valuable resource for anyone who wants a clear guide to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian territories, and its place in the history of Middle Eastern affairs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18.8mm | 335.66g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • maps
  • 0745332137
  • 9780745332130
  • 368,758

Table of contents

List of Maps


Preface to the Third Edition



1. Canaan-Palestine: Ancient History by Todd M. Ferry

2. Muhammad, Islam, and the Arab Empire

3. The Crusades to the Ottoman Empire


4. Jewish Persecution and Zionism

5. Palestine

6. The Genesis of Conflict: World War I to World War II


7. Partition, Israeli Statehood, and the Six-Day War: 1947-1967

8. The Continuation of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: 1967 - Lebanon 1982

9. The First Intifada and the Peace Process

10. Into the 21st Century



1. Chronology

2. Israel's Prime Ministers

3. General Data - Israel, Palestine


Suggested Reading

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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 Gregory Harms has taken an enormously complex issue and made it engagingly accessible. An intelligent, thoughtful and comprehensive introduction to a terribly and consistently misunderstood conflict. -- Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, and author of Failing Peace. A tour de force in the depth and breadth of its research and in its clarity. -- John K. Cooley, veteran foreign correspondent and author of Unholy Wars. An indispensable, basic introduction. -- Gabriel Kolko, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto and author of The Age of War. This superior and remarkably thorough, if brief, study of the Holy Land enigma is strongly recommended as an introduction. -- Choice
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About Gregory Harms

Gregory Harms is an independent scholar based in Chicago. He is co-author of the classic textbook The Palestine-Israel Conflict (Pluto, 2017) and author of Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East (Pluto, 2010). Todd M. Ferry is an archaeologist and historian. He received his MA in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from the University of Chicago, and has worked as a supervisor at the sites of Ashkelon and Tel Beth Shemesh in Israel. He is the co-author of the classic textbook The Palestine-Israel Conflict (Pluto, 2017).
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