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A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoplesby Ilan Pappe
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Ilan Pappe's book is the story of Palestine, a land inhabited by two peoples, and two national identities. It begins with the Ottomans in the early 1800s, the reign of Muhammad Ali, and traces a path through the arrival of the early Zionists at the end of that century, through the British mandate at the beginning of the twentieth century, the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, and the subsequent wars and conflicts which culminated in the intifadas of 1987 and 2000. While these events provide the background to the narrative and explain the construction of Zionist and Palestinian nationalism, at center stage are those who lived through these times, men and women, children, peasants, workers, town-dwellers, Jews and Arabs. It is a story of coexistence and cooperation, as well as oppression, occupation, and exile. Ilan Pappe is well known as a revisionist historian of Palestine and a political commentator on the Israel-Palestine conflict. His book is a unique contribution to the history of this troubled land which all those concerned with developments is the Middle East will be compelled to read. Ilan Pappe teaches politics at Haifa University in Israel. He has written extensively on the politics of the Middle East, and is well known for his revisionist interpretation of Israel's past and as a critic of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians. His books include The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947-1951 (Taurlls, 1992) and The Israeli-Palestine Question (Routledge, 1999).
An update of Pappe's history of Palestine which documents the dramatic events of the 1990s and the early twenty-first century.
Ilan Pappe writes the story of Palestine, a land inhabited by two peoples. He begins with the Ottomans and traces Palestine's history to the present day. While these events provide the background and explain the construction of Zionist and Palestinian nationalism, at centre stage are the men, women and children who lived through these times. It is a story of coexistence, as well as oppression, occupation, and exile. Ilan Pappe's account is lucid and typically forthright. It is a unique contribution to the history of this troubled land.
'A fascinating narrative of Palestinian history since the early 1800s, which has been updated to include the dramatic events of the 1990s and the early twenty-first century. These years, which began with a sense of optimism with the Oslo peace accord, culminated in the second intifad and the increase of militancy.\n
Ilan Pappe's history of modern Palestine has been updated to include the dramatic events of the 1990s and the early twenty-first century. These years, which began with a sense of optimism, as the Oslo peace accord was being negotiated, culminated in the second intifada and the increase of militancy on both sides. Pappe explains the reasons for the failure of Oslo and the two-state solution, and reflects upon life thereafter as the Palestinians and Israelis battle it out under the shadow of the wall of separation.
Any time that a politician or commentator compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to South Africa under apartheid, the response is swift denunciation. Yet many prominent, respected academics and politicians—including Jimmy Carter—have drawn such parallels, arguing that Israel’s treatment of its Arab-Israeli citizens and the people of the occupied territories amounts to no less a system of oppression than apartheid did.
Peoples Apart marks the first major scholarly attempt to analyze the apartheid analogy and its implications for international law, activism, and policy making. Gathering contributors from a wide range of disciplines and fields, including historians, political scientists, journalists, lawyers, and policy makers, the collection offers a bold, incisive perspective on one of the defining moral questions of our age.
Pappe's history of Palestine is a unique contribution to the history of a troubled land.
About the Author
Ilan Pappe is Senior Lecturer in political science at Haifa University in Israel. He has written extensively on the politics of the Middle East, and is well known for his revisionist interpretation of Israeli history and as a critic of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians. His books include The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947-1951 (1992/4) and The Modern Middle East (2005).
Table of Contents
Chronology; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction: a new look at modern Palestine and Israel; 1. Fin de siecle, 1856-1900: social tranquility and political drama; 2. Between tyranny and war, 1900-1918; 3. The mandatory state: colonialism, nationalization and cohabitation; 4. The 1948 war between Nakbah and Independence; 5. The age of partition, 1948-1967; 6. Greater Israel and occupied Palestine: the rise and fall of high politics, 1967-1987; 7. The Uprising of 1987 and its Consequences; 8. A Post Zionist Moment of Grace?; 9. The Suicidal Track: The Death of Oslo and the Road to Perdition; Postcript: the Post-Arafat era and the new Sharon age; Bibliography; Glossary of names; Glossary of terms; Index.
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