ISBN-10: 0745642438

ISBN-13: 9780745642437

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Alan Dowty

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In this fully revised and updated second edition of his highly respected introductory text, Alan Dowty demystifies the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by putting it in broad historical perspective, identifying its roots, and tracing its evolution up to the current impasse. His account offers a clear analytic framework for understanding transformations over time, and in doing so, punctures the myths of an "age-old" conflict with an unbridgeable gap between the two sides. Rather than simply reciting historical detail, this book presents a clear overview that serves as a road map through the thicket of conflicting claims. This expanded edition also includes a new chapter on the so-called 'fourth stage' of the conflict. In this account the opposed perspectives of the two sides are presented in full, leaving readers to make their own evaluations of the issues. The book thus expresses fairly and objectively the concerns, hopes, fears, and passions of both sides, making it clear why this conflict is waged with such vehemence -- and why, for all that, there are some grounds for optimism.
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List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: Two Worlds Collide
Dispelling Myths
Defining the Conflict
The Setting: Ottoman Palestine
The Jewish Story
A Fossilized Relic?
The Theme of Persecution
"Come, Let Us Go"
Herzl and the Second Aliya
First Encounters
The Arab Story
The Glory of Islam
The Rise of the West
Palestine and Palestinism
First Encounters
The Debut of Arab Nationalism
The Emergence of Israel
The British Mandate
A Mischievous Pretence?
Holocaust and Partition
The War of Independence/An-Naqba: The Second Stage of the Conflict
Nasser and Nationalism
The Re-emergence of the Palestinians
The War that No One Wanted?
The Peculiar Legacy of 1967
The Decade of Sadat: Entering the Third Stage of the Conflict
The Lebanese Tangle
Shaking Things Up: The First Intifada
The First Pass at Peace
The Oslo Breakthrough
The Rocky Road to Peace
What Went Wrong?
The Roof Falls In
The Fourth Stage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The End of the Arafat Era
Israel Turns to Unilateralism
A Turning Point: Ideology Prevails
The Impasse that Remains
The End of the Two-State Solution?
Territory and Settlements
Security Issues
A General Prognosis
The Perfect Conflict
Right against Right?
A Practical Solution
Building Foundations: Extremists and Illusions
Further Reading
Internet Links
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