The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 2, 2007 - History - 296 pages
The conflict between Israelis and their forebears, on the one hand, and Palestinians and theirs, on the other, has lasted more than a century and generated more than its share of commentaries and histories. James L. Gelvin's account of that conflict offers a compelling, clear-cut, and up to date introduction for students and general readers. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, when the inhabitants of Ottoman Palestine and the Jews of eastern Europe began to conceive of themselves as members of national communities, the book traces the evolution and interaction of these communities from their first encounters in Palestine through to the present, exploring the external pressures and internal logic that has propelled their conflict. The book, which places events in Palestine within the framework of global history, skillfully interweaves biographical sketches, eyewitness accounts, poetry, fiction and official documentation into its narrative, and includes photographs, maps and an abundance of supplementary material. Now in a revised edition, Gelvin's award-winning book takes the reader through the 2006 Summer War and its aftermath.

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Have you ever wondered why Israel is where it is, why the Palestinians are so disgruntled and why the US supports Israel, then this is an excellent book to read.
It presents a clear and coherent
narrative of the founding of Israel and what impact this has had on the region.
The story starts in 1860 and bring us up to 2003. Each chapter takes us further down the timeline and explains the events in the context of what was happening at the time.
Its a sorry tale, with few heroes, so makes uncomfortable reading to advocates of both sides.
Its nicely written in a style that I found it easy going.
since I've read it I've found myself having to correct both sides on the facts.
I highly recommend this book.

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James L. Gelvin is Professor in History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on nationalism and the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the author of Divided Loyalties: Nationalism and Mass Politics in Syria at the Close of Empire (1998), and The Modern Middle East: A History (2004).

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