Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999

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Knopf, 1999 - History - 751 pages
At a time when the Middle East has come closer to achieving peace than ever before, eminent Israeli historian Benny Morris explodes the myths cherished by both sides to present an epic history of Zionist-Arab relations over the past 120 years.

Tracing the roots of political Zionism back to the pogroms of Russia and the Dreyfus Affair, Morris describes the gradual influx of Jewish settlers into Palestine and the impact they had on the Arab population. Following the Holocaust, the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948 resulted in the establishment of the State of Israel, but it also shattered Palestinian Arab society and gave rise to a massive refugee problem. Morris offers distinctive accounts of each of the subsequent Israeli-Arab wars and details the sporadic peace efforts in between, culminating in the peace process initiated by the Rabin Government. In a new afterword to the Vintage edition, he examines Ehud Barak's leadership, the death of President Assad of Syria, and Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, and the recent renewed conflict with the Palestinians. Studded with illuminating portraits of the major protagonists, Righteous Victims provides an authoritative record of the middle east and its continuing struggle toward peace.

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Righteous victims: a history of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-1999

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This ambitious book seeks to cover more than a century of Zionist-Arab conflict in a single volume. Morris (history, Ben-Gurion Univ.), the author of several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ... Read full review

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An impeccable history of the origins of the Israel-Palestine conflict for people on any part of the political spectrum. His modern history tends to be quite anti-Palestinian. Well worth the read anyway. Read full review


T H R E E World War I the Balfour Declaration
E V E N The Lebanon War 198285
T W E L V e The Intifada
FO UR The Arabs Rebel
W E World War II and the First
A P S UN Partition Plan November 1947
six 19491956
S E V E N The SixDay War 1967 3 02
N IN E The October War 1973
T EN The IsraeliEgyptian Peace 197779

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\Benny Morris is a Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheeba, Israel.

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