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New PDF release: 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

By Benny Morris

ISBN-10: 0300145241

ISBN-13: 9780300145243

This historical past of the foundational struggle within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, target, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally specializes in the war's political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the causes and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the information are nonetheless closed—is illuminated with assistance from intelligence and diplomatic materials.

Morris stresses the jihadi personality of the two-stage Arab attack at the Jewish group in Palestine. all through, he examines the dialectic among the war's army and political advancements and highlights the army impetus within the construction of the refugee challenge, which was once a spinoff of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The ebook completely investigates the position of the nice Powers—Britain, the U.S., and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris seems either at excessive politics and basic employees decision-making techniques and on the nitty-gritty of wrestle within the successive battles that led to the emergence of the country of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab international, an embarrassment that underlies the ongoing Arab antagonism towards Israel.

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"'Morris's account turns out admirable, simply because he's unafraid of scary either camps... His dedication to the pursuit of ancient fact merits as a lot admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence instructions sympathy... Morris's ebook is not any mere army narrative, yet a crisp, bright creation to the ancient tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday instances 'Morris relates the tale of his new e-book soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and unstable event.' David Margolick, long island instances e-book overview 'An bold, distinct and fascinating portrait of the struggle itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that additional shatters myths on each side of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington put up e-book World"

About the Author

Benny Morris is professor of historical past within the center East stories division of Ben-Gurion college, Israel. he's the prime determine between Israel's "New Historians," who over the last 20 years have reshaped our figuring out of the Israeli-Arab clash. His books contain Righteous sufferers: A historical past of the Zionist-Arab clash, 1881-2001; Israel's Border Wars, 1949-1956; and The start of the Palestinian Refugee challenge Revisited.

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The same general outlook was to be found amongst historians. In the post-war period they were affected both by the methodological themes of their social-science colleagues and by the concern with the immediate problems of the post-war scene. On the methodological front they learned more and more to draw on the methods and the findings of neighbouring disciplines. In a seminal article of the early 1960s, H. J. Benda argued vigorously that historians must be social scientists as well, and should address themselves to the structure of Southeast Asian history as distinct from 'the mere charting of dynastic cycles or the chronicling of wars, as ends in themselves'.

51 Politics, Personality and Nation Building: Burma's Search for Identity, New Haven, 1962. 34 Not all historians were concerned with the contemporary scene and its immediate background, though most of those who directed their enquiries to earlier periods still tended to remain within the period of European contact with Southeast Asia. Walter Vella, A. L. Moffat and David Wyatt explored the successive reigns of Rama III, Mongkut and Chulalongkorn. 55 An historian, M. A. P. Meilink-Roelofsz, and an economic historian, Kristof Glamann, brought different tools to the study of trade in the Indonesian archipelago.

Soemarsaid Moertono explored the resilience and persistence of Hindu-Javanese forms and ideas even after the conversion of the inland Javanese kingdom of Mataram. 89 Amongst the populace Islam provided a base for resistance to oppression, but at the court level old Javanese elements continued. A. C. 90 This kind of compromise became more difficult to maintain with changes in the character of Islam and the growth of 'sfrfln'a-mindedness' in the nineteenth century. The third type of enquiry—that concerned with the later evolution of Muslim thought and action—was prompted in part by the general concern of post-war students of Southeast Asia with the contemporary scene.

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