The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947-1951
by Ilan Pappé
Arabs and Jews describe the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948 in completely different ways. Among Arabs, and especially Palestinians, the events of that year are known as the "nakba" - the catastrophe, the trauma, the disaster. For Jews, and in particular for Israelis, their victory in the war of 1948 is a veritable miracle in which, against tremendous odds and through heroic...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 15th 1994 by I. B. Tauris
(first published September 15th 1992)
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There is so much to admire in this book! The information is very clearly presented and the author's judgements are convincing. But the book is certainly written for the more serious reader who wants to understand the complexities of the period 1947-1951. I don't recommend it for someone who is looking for some general knowledge of the history of Palestine.
Ilan Pappé is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK, director of the university's European Centre for Palestine Studies, co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, and political activist. He was formerly a senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa (1984–2007) and chair of the Emil Tou...moreMore about Ilan Pappé...