This concise and comprehensive survey 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. The Sixth Edition examines many of the developments that have occurred during the first decade of the 21st century.
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“History of the Arab-Israeli” conflict appears to be a balanced primer into the Arab-Israeli conflict. One strength of the book are the relevant documents presented at the end of each chapter. The book concentrates more on breadth than depth, but each chapter also ends with a list of references for further reading, for those who wish to learn more details about a particular issue.
This is an educational textbook. However, it can serve as background material for anybody or any group that wishes to become more knowledgeable about the topic and who wish to examine the topics further through classroom or private discussion.
The book attempts to maintain a balanced perspective without favoring either the Arab or Israeli point of view. Hence, those who are pre-disposed to favoring one side or the other are bound to find the book “biased” or “incomplete”, or perhaps “mixing lies with truth” which was a title of one of the reviews for the 4th Edition. Because the text only covers the issues in general terms, without going into too much detail, it is hard to say who is correct–the book, trying to remain imparital, or partisans on one side or the other.
Overall, I would recommend this book as a useful introduction to the Arab-Israel Conflict for those who are not already knowledgeable, who seek to learn more about the issues in the conflict.
Rating: 4 / 5