A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-03
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Mark Tessler's highly praised, comprehensive, and balanced history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the earliest times to the present -- updated through the first years of the 21st century -- provides a constructive framework for understanding recent developments and assessing the prospects for future peace. Drawing upon a wide array of documents and on research by Palestinians, Israelis, and others, Tessler assesses the conflict on both the Israelis' and the Palestinians' terms. New chapters in this expanded edition elucidate the Oslo peace process, including the reasons for its failure, and the political dynamics in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza at a critical time of transition.

Author Biography

Mark Tessler is Samuel J. Elderveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science, Director of the International Institute, and Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Michigan. He is author (with Ann Lesch) of Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinians: From Camp David to Intifada (IUP, 1989), co-editor of Democracy, War, and Peace in the Middle East (IUP, 1995), and editor of Area Studies and Social Science: Strategies for Understanding Middle East Politics (IUP, 1999).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
A Note on Transliteration
Jews and Arabs Before the Conflict: The Congruent Origins of Modern Zionism and Arab Nationalism
Jewish History and the Emergence of Modern Political Zionism
Arab History and the Origins of Nationalism in the Arab World
Emergence and History of the Conflict to 1948
The Conflict Takes Shape
The Dual Society in Mandatory Palestine
Routinization of the Conflict, 1948-1967
The Palestinian Disaster and Basic Issues after 1948
Israel and the Arab States through June 1967
The Palestinian Dimension Reemerges: From the June War through Camp David
Postwar Diplomacy and the Rise of the Palestine Resistance Movement
Israel, the Palestinians, and the Occupied Territories in the 1970s
The High Price of Stalemate and Futile Diplomacy in the 1980s
Violent Confrontations in the Early 1980s
Futile Diplomacy in the Mid-1980s
Efforts to Break the Stalemate: From the Intifada through the Oslo Peace Process
The Intifada and Beyond
The Oslo Peace Process
Epilogue: The Post-Oslo Period
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