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Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction
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Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction (Paperback)

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This is Pluto's most accessible book yet on one of the most controversial conflicts of our time. This book walks the reader through the entire history of the region. It is ideal for undergraduates and the general reader alike. A historical cover spanning 2000 years, this first book offers a balanced, focused history of the conflict, complete with endnotes, suggested reading, and a secular explanation of the ancient eras. The Palestine-Israel conflict is the most notorious and ingrained conflict of the twentieth century. Yet the way it is reported in the media is often confusing: we are given little background information, so it is hard for the casual observer to understand the reasons behind the violence. Devoid of context, it is easy to think that this is an ancient conflict with its roots in ancient history. This is the first book to provide a clear, accessible introduction that covers the full 2000-year history of the region, from biblical times until today. Perfect for the general reader, as well as students, it offers a comprehensive yet lucid rendering of the conflict, setting it in its proper context.

It shows how today's violence is very much a product of recent history, with its roots in the 20th century. The reader is guided through ancient Israel and Islam, and on through two world wars, before coming to a detailed account of the current situation. Each chapter contains notes for further reading.

Gregory Harms is a freelance writer and independent researcher. He frequently lectures on the Middle East and international affairs, and has traveled throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Outside the realm of politics, Harms' writing also appears in a recently published anthology entitled The Spoken Word Revolution (Sourcebooks, 2003). Todd Ferry began his studies in archaeology and Near East history at Indiana University. He received his MA in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Chicago in 2001. He has worked as a supervisor at both the sites of Ashkelon and Tel Beth Shemesh in Israel.

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