The Six Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East

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Yale University Press, Feb 21, 2017 - History - 320 pages
An enthralling, big-picture history that examines the Six-Day War, its causes, and its enduring consequences against its global context

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Many scholars have documented how the Six-Day War unfolded, but little has been done to explain why the conflict happened at all. As we approach its fiftieth anniversary, Guy Laron refutes the widely accepted belief that the war was merely the result of regional friction, revealing the crucial roles played by American and Soviet policies in the face of an encroaching global economic crisis, and restoring Syria’s often overlooked centrality to events leading up to the hostilities.
 
The Six-Day War effectively sowed the seeds for the downfall of Arab nationalism, the growth of Islamic extremism, and the animosity between Jews and Palestinians. In this important new work, Laron’s fresh interdisciplinary perspective and extensive archival research offer a significant reassessment of a conflict—and the trigger-happy generals behind it—that continues to shape the modern world.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION FROM THE LOCAL TO THE GLOBAL
1
1 THE ARTICLE
13
2 THE BAATH IN POWER 196366
23
3 PLAYING THE ISRAEL CARD
33
4 THE SPY WHO CAME BACK FROM THE COLD
44
5 THE CORRUPTION OF THE REVOLUTION
55
6 SLIDING INTO WAR
72
7 THE PHONE CALL
86
15 ARMING THE MIDDLE EAST
187
16 SECRET LIAISONS
193
17 ABBA EBANS TIN EAR
201
18 ONE SOVIET FOREIGN POLICYOR TWO?
218
19 RESTRAINING DAMASCUS DISCIPLINING CAIRO
227
20 A SOVIET HALL OF MIRRORS
243
21 A VERY ISRAELI PUTSCH?
256
22 LAST DAYS
277

8 DEFYING ISRAELS FOUNDING FATHER
96
9 EXPANDING ISRAELS BORDERS
106
10 CONFRONTING SYRIA
118
11 THE SELFINFLICTED RECESSION
126
12 RABINS SCHLIEFFEN PLAN
145
13 FROM YEMEN TO TEXAS
161
14 A SHORT TETHER
176
CONCLUSION SIX DAYS AND AFTER
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ENDNOTES
314
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
351
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
355
INDEX
356
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