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Israel's Wars

A History Since 1947, 4th Edition

By Ahron Bregman


382 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Israel's Wars is a fascinating and essential insight into the turbulent history of this troubled country which, since its foundation, has endured almost constant violence. Bringing its coverage up to date with recent conflicts, this fourth edition includes a new chapter on the Gaza wars from 2007-2014, a new preface and an updated concluding chapter.

From the 1947-8 Jewish-Palestinian struggle for mastery of the land of Palestine to the Al-Aqsa intifada, the second Lebanon war and the Gaza wars, Bregman exposes hitherto unknown facts, including details of secret Soviet involvement in inciting the 1967 Six Day War, Israeli bombing of the American warship the USS Liberty, and Israeli assassinations of leading Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Illustrated throughout with maps and photographs, this new edition is valuable reading for students of Arab-Israeli conflicts over the last seventy years.


"In this updated and expanded version of his account of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Dr Ahron Bregman offers readers an informative and digestible introduction into the origins of some of the wars that have beguiled and shaped the region and pitted Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states into armed conflict. Dr Bregman offers new insights into some of the more recent conflicts between Israel and Hezbollah and Israel’s operations against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Wars remains essential reading for students of the Middle East and conflict studies as well as anyone interested in Arab and Israeli history."

Simon Waldman, King's College London, UK

"Israel’s Wars provides an in-depth analysis of each war and stage of the conflict in approachable language and with good depth of discussion. In this way, it is easily accessible to the knowledgeable as well as non-knowledgeable reader… it is an important text for those who want to gain an overall understanding of the violent outbursts of the conflict, their main causes, stages and outcomes."

Elian Weizman, Brunel University, UK

Table of Contents

List of maps. List of figures. Preface to the fourth edition. Preface to the third edition. Preface to the second edition. Preface. 1. The 1947-9 war 2. A nation-in-arms 1949-67 3. The six bad years 1967-73 4. War and peace 1973-9 5. War in Lebanon 1982 6. Intifada 1987-93 7. The Al-Aqsa intifada 2000-5 8. The Second Lebanon War 2006 9. Gaza Wars 2007-14 10. Conclusions. Notes. Select bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Ahron Bregman was a captain in the Israeli army during Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon and worked as a parliamentary assistant at the Knesset. Ahron is author of The Fifty Years War (1998), the companion book to a six-part BBC television documentary; Elusive Peace (2005), the companion to a three-part BBC television documentary; A History of Israel (2003); and Cursed Victory (2014). He teaches at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

About the Series

Warfare and History

This new series of single-authored books on war, warfare and society marks a major new publishing initiative in military history for undergraduate students. Covering the whole span of history, the series seeks to encourage works on the impact of war and the preparations for war on social, economic and political developments. The books will eschew the 'battles and generals' approach, and seek to place militarism in context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Middle East / Israel
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century