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A History of the Arab Israeli Conflict (Anglais) Broché – 10 octobre 2014
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Explores an impartial history of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Concise and comprehensive, A History of the Arab Israeli Conflict presents balanced, impartial, and well-illustrated coverage of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The authors identify and examine the issues and themes that have characterized and defined the conflict over the past century tying in a twenty-first century perspective. The seventh edition exposes readers to recent events in the Middle East. Altering relations between Israel and neighboring states, political and religious uncertainty as a result of the Arab Spring and the increased scrutiny of Iran’s nuclear program are explored in this updated edition.
Biographie de l'auteur
Ian J. Bickerton, University of New South Wales
Carla L. Klausner, University of Missouri-Kansas City
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What the reader and the student of history needs to remember is, ANY book on an historical event is really the author(s) historical conclusions based on sources they found and analyzed. It should not be taken for "face value" as being "the truth written in stone." I found this situation true for this book, especially when writing papers for class discussion based on our readings. For example, Israel's 1982 Invasion of Lebanon (A.K.A. Operation Peace for Galilee). In Chapter 9, page 237, Bickerton and Klausner concluded the incident that Israel used to invade Lebanon on June 6, 1982 was the failed assassination of its UK ambassador by the Palestinian splinter group Abu Nidal. The authors concluded that this one incident was enough of a reason to invade a neighboring counter. I had bought Chaim Herzog, "The Arab-Israeli Wars: War and Peace in the Middle East from the War of Independence through Lebanon" (New York: First Vintage Books, 1984). He provided an entirely different set of circumstances, as he was on active duty with the IDF during this time. On page 339, he concluded that Israel invaded Lebanon in fear of the annihilation of the Lebanese Christian community. This concern was focused on the Christian militias, positioned on Mount Sanine (the French Room) north of Beirut, being destroyed by the relentless attacks by Syrian forces. Israel felt the Syrians had crossed the “red line” with the threat of annihilation of the Lebanese Christians. Again, this is HIS historical conclusion of the 1982 Lebanon Invasion by Israel. So it falls on the reader to draw their own conclusions.
On the last 8 chapters, I felt some personal bias was starting to creep into the writing. For example, when talking about the political spectrum of Israeli politics, they used "left wing" about twice in the whole book, and "left-of-center" maybe three times in the final chapter. When describing the right, it was normally "right wing" or "extreme right wing," seen on almost every page in the last chapters. I thought it interesting that no one was ever "right-of-center." Rarely was anyone an independent. They had to fit into either the left or right. I will be honest that I do not like political labeling of historical figures or events. I don't the use of someone being "hawkish" or "dovish" when talking about a conflict as this book does, but I do not believe categorizing historical figures into one or the other camp really gives the reader a balanced opinion of the subject at hand. Just leave that stuff to the partisan political tabloid books that are found on the 50% off bargain tables at the front of a book store.
I must say that this book did provide me with a chronological timeline to reference on the Arab-Israeli conflict. I had studied this conflict in bits and pieces, but never in a chronological order, starting with the Zionist movement to today's headlines. In that sense I must tip my hat to the authors. If this is your goal, then this book will be a good reference point to start with. I would caution though, that this book shouldn't be the "ending" of one's endeavor in learning more about this very fractured world event. I don't believe any book could do that.