The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 19, 2011 - History - 336 pages
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The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories providesnon-specialist readers with an introduction and historical overviewof the issues that have characterized and defined 130 years of thestill unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Provides a fresh attempt to break away from polemicalapproaches that have undermined academic discussion and politicaldebates
  • Focuses on a series of core arguments that the author considersessentially unwinnable
  • Introduces readers to the major historiographical debatessparked by the dispute
  • Encourages readers to consider more useful ways of explainingand understanding the conflict, and to go beyond trying to provewho is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’

"This volume suggests a fresh and original interpretation to thehistory of the Arab Israeli conflict. Caplan juggles skillfully andeven-handedly between the two narratives, reflecting theparties’ own views without embracing the cause of anyparty."
Joseph Nevo, University of Haifa

"An impressive and very valuable work. One could not ask for abetter short history of the conflict. Caplan offers readers a studythat is extremely well-informed, resolutely fair-minded, and filledwith thoughtful insights."
Mark Tessler, University of Michigan


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Neil Caplan holds a PhD in Politics from London School of Economics & Political Science (University of London) and is Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Concordia University and Scholar in Residence at Vanier College, Montreal, Canada. He recently retired after 35 years of teaching in the Humanities Department of Vanier College. He has published numerous articles and seven books, including Palestine Jewry and the Arab Question, 1917-1925 (1978), Futile Diplomacy, a four-volume study of Arab-Zionist and Arab-Israeli negotiations from 1913 to 1956, and (with Laurie Z. Eisenberg), Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities (1998; revised edition 2010).

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