An update of the history of Palestine since the 1800s, which includes recent dramatic events.
The Israeli and Palestinian people have established historical and emotional attachments to the land both have inhabited for a long period, and Palestine's modern history has been shaped largely by the struggle of these two peoples. In this well-researched and challenging book, Israeli academic Pappe (Haifa Univ.; The Israeli-Palestinian Question) traces developments in Palestine from the early 1800s to the 1948 establishment of Israel through to the present conflict. The author belongs to a small yet significant group of Israeli revisionist scholars and political commentators who seek to challenge the official government version of political developments in Israel/Palestine. Here he builds on his previous work on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to chronicle the Palestinians' struggle to maintain their national and cultural identity under the increasingly harsh conditions imposed by the realities of Israeli policies in the occupied territories. The author utilizes sources in Hebrew, Arabic, and several Western languages to write a scholarly, yet accessible, history. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.