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Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations

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With characteristic rigor and readability, Avi Shlaim reflects on a range of key issues, transformations and personalities in the Israel–Palestine conflict. From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the 2008 invasion of Gaza, Israel and Palestine places current events in their proper historical perspective, and assesses the impact of key political and intellectual figures, incl ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Verso (first published 2009)
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Dec 25, 2016 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shlaim is the author of The Iron Wall, Israel and the Arab World, and one of the major “new” historians who used Israeli source documents to challenge some simple assumptions about Israel as an innocent actor in the Middle East, the lone democracy and lone party willing to seek peace with its hostile neighbors. Among the givens challenged: that Palestine was a land without people prior to Jewish immigration, that during the first Arab-Israeli war Palestinians abandoned on their own or at the beh ...more
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Mar 03, 2013 Bethany T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first serious reading foray on the Israeli Palestinian issue. As such, I do not feel I can confidently compare or contrast it to any other work. However, the writing was accessible; the issues were well outlined in the various sections. The subject matter is bleak. If anything, that was the challenge from this book to the reader, to continue to read a story with no positive end in sight.

The diversity of opinions and personalities included by the author grant a larger view of the issu
Jul 13, 2015 Ahmad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cleverly chronologically organized set of book reviews representing a critical view of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In addition to being a rich source of literature review for any Middle Eastern studies researcher.
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Dec 09, 2014 Faiz Azizan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very analytical. The compare and contrast of views taken by other historian adds to this book resourcefulness. Easy to say, this book is for beginners who want to understand the events that lead to the israel-palestine crisis today
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Jul 30, 2013 Priscilla Ferrara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Kept my interest from beginning to end. The themes and ideas in the book were organized and easy to follow.
Sep 04, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important book to understanding the role of the Palestinans and the Israelis in the current lack of peaceful resolution.
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Avi Shlaim FBA (born October 31, 1945) is an Iraqi-born British/Israeli historian. He is emeritus professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the British Academy. Shlaim is considered one of Israel's New Historians, a group of Israeli scholars who put forward critical interpretations of the history of Zionism and Israel.
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