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8th Edition

A History of the Arab–Israeli Conflict

ISBN 9781138243736
Published December 4, 2017 by Routledge
612 Pages 73 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Comprehensive and analytical, A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict presents a balanced and impartial overview of this centuries-old struggle. The authors examine the issues and themes that have characterized and defined the conflict over the course of its history, bringing the coverage up to date with a twenty-first- century perspective. Fully revised throughout, this eighth edition contains: 

  • New and extensive coverage of the developments in the conflict since 2014
  • Updated Suggested Readings and the incorporation of recent scholarship
  • An additional selection of primary source documents
  • New maps and illustrations.

Taking a clear and chronological approach to this complex subject, this book explores recent events in the Middle East in the context of their longer-term history. Illustrated throughout with numerous photographs, maps, tables, and chronologies for each chapter, together with extensive relevant and up-to-date documentary sources and a glossary of key terms, it is the ideal textbook for all students of the history of the modern Middle East.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables and charts

List of maps

List of documents

Preface to the seventh edition

Preface to the eighth edition


1 – Palestine in the Nineteenth Century

Palestine Under the Ottoman Empire

The Arabs of Palestine

Jews in Nineteenth-Century Palestine

The Birth of Modern Zionism

The Jewish and Arab Communities of Palestine on the Eve of World War I

2 – Palestine during the Mandate

The Hussein-McMahon Correspondence

The Sykes-Picot Agreement

The Balfour Declaration

Postwar Settlement

The Mandates

Land, Immigration, and White Papers

3 – World War II, Jewish Displaced Persons, and the Partition of Palestine

The Holocaust

Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust

The United States, American Jews, and Palestine to 1945

Palestine after World War II

The Displaced Persons and Palestine

Postwar British and American Policy

The Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry

The United States and the Partition Proposal

UNGA Approves the Partition of Palestine

Partition in Doubt

4 – The Proclamation of Israel and First Arab-Israeli War

Israel Declared and the War of 1948

The Palestinian Refugees

Israel: A Jewish State

The Arabs of Palestine: 1948


5 – The Conflict Widens: Suez, 1956

The Uncertain Years, 1949-1956

Israel and the Palestinians

Israel and the Arab States

Background to the 1956 War

The Suez Crisis

6 – The Turning Point: June 1967

Israel After 1956

The Arab States After 1956

The U.S.-Soviet Involvement: The Cold War and the Arms Race

Syria, the Palestinians, and the War of 1967


7 – Holy Days and Holy War: October 1973

The Palestinians and the PLO After 1967

Diplomacy, the War of Attrition, and the Rogers Plan

Détente and the Role of the Superpowers

Egypt Prepares for War

The 1973 War and Its Aftermath

The Arab Embargo and the Oil Weapon

8 – The Search for Peace, 1973-1979

The Peace Process, 1973-1979

Water and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Camp David Accords

9 – Lebanon and the Intifada


The Intifada

The Superpowers and the Peace Process

10 – The Peace of the Brave

The End of the Cold War and the Dissolution of the Soviet Union

The Gulf War

The Madrid Peace Conference

The Road to Peace

` The September 1993 Israeli-PLO Accord

11 – The Peace Progresses

The Gaza-Jericho Agreement Between Israel and the PLO

Peace Between Jordan and Israel

The Road to Oslo II

The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

The Israeli Elections of May 1996

12 – Collapse of the Peace Process

Peace Negotiations Stall

Internal Problems in Israel

The Wye River Memorandum

The Death of King Hussein

The Election of Ehud Barak

The Sharm Al-Sheikh Memorandum

The Syrians – And Great Expectations

The Talks Continue


Camp David II

The Al-Aqsa Intifada and Collapse of the Peace Process

The Election Victory of Ariel Sharon

13 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict in the Post-9/11 World

Sharon’s New Government Hardens Policy

September 11 and Its Aftermath

Sharon’s Unilateral Gaza Withdrawal Plan

Controversy Over the Security Barrier and Targeted Killings

Death of Yasser Arafat; Mahmoud Abbas Elected President of P.A.

The Gaza Withdrawal

14 – Perilous Times: 2006-2009


Sharon Suffers Stroke

Palestinian Elections and Hamas Victory

Kadima Wins Israeli Elections March 2006

Israeli-Hibullah Conflict, July 2006

Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Situation

Hamas Gains Control of the Gaza Strip, June 2007

The Annapolis Conference, November 2007

Olmert-Abbas Discussions

The Gaza War of 2008-2009

New Directions in U.S. Policy

The Goldstone Report

Israel Temporary Settlement Freeze

15 – Dramatic Events: 2010-2013


Diplomatic Initiatives

The Arab Spring and Its Repercussions

Political Developments Among the Palestinian Factions and in Israel and Egypt

The November 2012 Israel-Gaza Clash

16 – The Contining Conflict and Outstanding Issues

2013-2017: Years of Increasing Turbulence and Uncertainty

Israel and the Palestinian Authority




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Ian J. Bickerton is an Honorary Associate Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His publications include The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East (2015), The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Guide for the Perplexed (2012), and A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 7th edition (2015, with Carla Klausner).

Carla L. Klausner is a Curator’s Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. Her publications include The Seljuk Vezirate: A Study of Civil Administration, 1055–1194 (1973), From Destruction to Rebirth: The Holocaust and the State of Israel (1978, with Joseph Schultz), and A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 7th edition (2015, with Ian Bickerton).


"This edition updates one of the most balanced textbooks about the conflict with an analysis of recent dramatic changes in the region, new documents, and other useful material. Students who read this textbook will gain an understanding of regional and international dynamics that impact the conflict, Israeli and Palestinian perspectives and narratives, and the wide variety of viewpoints among Israelis and Palestinians."

Corinne Blake, Rowan University, USA

"The eighth edition of A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict is both an excellent resource for university courses, and a handy guide for anyone interested in learning more about this long-running and complex conflict. Richly detailed in important events and key personalities, the book lays out the histories, stories, and agendas of all sides to the conflict. It brings the conflict up to date while highlighting the main issues preventing resolution. Readers will be well informed and well prepared to discuss the conflict and its implications after reading the book."

Brent E. Sasley, University of Texas at Arlington, USA