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Palgrave Macmillan

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

A History with Documents

Edition 8th edition
ISBN 9781137281432
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Bedford/St. Martin's, Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

Charles D. Smith provides a remarkably comprehensive and objective account of this complex subject, adopting a long-view approach. The eighth edition of this established text has been revised and updated and now brings the coverage right up to the present day.

CHARLES D. SMITH is Professor of Middle East History in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, USA.

List of Photos and Maps
Prologue: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Historical Perspective: The Middle East And Palestine to 1517
Ottoman Society, Palestine, and the Origins of Zionism, 1516–1914
World War I, Great Britain, and the Peace Settlements: Deciding Palestine's Fate, 1914–1921
Palestine Between the Wars: Zionism, the Palestinian Arabs, and the British Mandate, 1920–1939
World War II and the Creation of the State of Israel, 1939–1949
The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Question of Refugees in the Contexts of Regional Strife and Cold War Rivalries, 1949–1957
From Suez to the Six-Day War, 1957–1967
Land, War, and Diplomacy: Shifting Calculations in a Cold War Context, 1967–1976
Lebanon, the West Bank, and the Camp David Accords: The Palestinian Equation in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1977–1984
From Pariah to Partner: The Plo and the Quest for Peace in Global and Regional Contexts, 1984–1993
Israeli-Palestinian/Arab Negotiations and Agreements, 1993–1999
The Oslo Process Undone Camp David 2000, Palestinian Rebellion/Factionalism, and Israeli Unilateralism, 1999–2012
Selected Bibliography


'Smith's book is the gold standard of texts on the Palestine-Israel and Arab-Israeli conflicts. It is rich in detail and carefully argued. The language is accessible and well supplemented by generous illustrations and maps.' - Joel Gordon, University of Arkansas, USA
Praise for previous editions:
'In addition to being well written and easily accessible for students, the text is also authoritative. Smith's treatment of the conflict is fair and analytically thoughtful.' - Toby Jones, Rutgers University, USA
'The text is clear and concise. The introductions and conclusions to each chapter will keep students on track.' - John Calvert, Creighton University, USA
'I would recommend Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict because of its comprehensive treatment, logical presentation, clear language, and balanced discussion of a controversial subject.' - Sohail Hashmi, Mount Holyoke College, USA
  • Per Einar Sonnesyn 14th September 2014

    Alltogether it is an excellent history, but with at least one shocking fault p. 202-3:The Hadashah convoy on April 13, after the Deir Yassin massacre. It was not an ordinary medical , but a Haganah convoy, with among others two IZL terrorists wounded at Deir Yassin! The medical persons were offered help from major Jack Churchill, but stayed in the buses.The British acted 'lackadaisical', 'perhaps they regarded revenge for Deir Yassin as fitting.' Morris:1948, p 128-29. On the sightseeing bus around Jerusalem we heard a comment about Hadashah, but not a word passing Deir Yassin!!

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