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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:14 AM   #1

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Comprehensive History of the Isreal-Palestine conflict?

It's one of those things that Wikipedia articles and partisan op-eds don't seem to cover all that well. You can read a dozen of them and still remain utterly confused. Any good and recent books on the subject?
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:25 AM   #2

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Many, many, many. The difficulty is finding books that aren't agenda driven polemics. I started a thread on this a while ago here:

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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:47 AM   #3

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20th Century:
The Balfour Declaration by Jonathan Schneer (Up to 1917)
One Palestine, Complete by Tom Segev (The British Mandate)
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe (The aftermath of the 1948 War)
The Iron Wall by Avi Shlaim (Israel's Palestinian policies 1948-1998, possibly the best overview.)
The Israel-Palestine Conflict:100 Years of War by James Gelvin (All of the above).

21st Century:
Gaza in Crisis by Noam Chomsky/Ilan Pappe
The Punishment of Gaza by Gideon Levy

There's some recent 'beginner's guides' and 'basic introductions' which cover all the above and the historical period available too, which I haven't read. Perhaps I should!

Some of the above have been accused of bias (and one is particularly provocatively titled) but they're all good solid books with good reviews. My interest is mainly in the Palestinian side as I feel I've heard far less about that side growing up in Britain as I have done, but I'm sure someone will be along to recommend some others shortly.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 09:28 AM   #4

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This looks interesting, I've not read it but I've read other works by the author, who although a committed Zionist and Israeli war hero, writes with remarkable even handedness and lack of obvious bias.

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Old December 4th, 2012, 02:46 AM   #5

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'A Line in the Sand' by James Barr is excellent....

It deals with the genesis of the conflict, under the British mandate, from 1918-48.
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