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Book Title: The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict|
The author of the book: Walter Laqueur
ISBN 13: 9780140297133
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.45 MB
Edition: Penguin Putnam Inc.
Date of issue: July 1st 2001
Read full description of the books The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict:For the serious student of the Middle East, a useful, almost essential compendium of defining documents, sources, speeches, letters, reports, timelines, and other inscribed moments stretching across more than the one hundred and twenty years of conflict. Of course, many of the documents themselves are second-hand or (in the case of ghost writers) third-hand accounts of the conflict. Of course, the volume is almost useless for the novice reader on the topic. Of course, it doesn't make sense of this part of the world. If anything, it shows the reader exactly how the lines of conflict never have been drawn clearly or uncontestedly.
The book helps circumvent the potent minefield that is second-hand news political and historical analysis, letting the documents speak for themselves. The seventh edition begins with the Zionist documents of the Russian Bilu group and Theodore Herzl in the 1890s and stretches through the second Bush administration. The list of voices--many of them world leaders and global organizations, the British Empire, US and Soviet Presidents, the UN are mixed in with all the regional leaders from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and others--suggest how the history of conflict in this part of the world is also a history of modern politics.
Read information about the authorLaqueur was born in Breslau, Lower Silesia, Prussia (modern Wrocław, Poland), into a Jewish family. In 1938, he left Germany for the British Mandate of Palestine. His parents, who were unable to leave, became victims of the Holocaust.
Laqueur lived in Israel from 1938 to 1953. After one year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he joined a Kibbutz and worked as an agricultural laborer from 1939 to 1944. In 1944, he moved to Jerusalem, where he worked as a journalist until 1953, covering Palestine and other countries in the Middle East.
Since 1955 Laqueur has lived in London. He was founder and editor, with George Mosse, of the Journal of Contemporary History and of Survey from 1956 to 1964. He was also founding editor of The Washington Papers. He was Director of the Institute of Contemporary History and the Wiener Library in London from 1965 to 1994. From 1969 he was a member, and later Chairman (until 2000), of the International Research Council of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington. He was Professor of the History of Ideas at Brandeis University from 1968 to 1972, and University Professor at Georgetown University from 1976 to 1988. He has also been a visiting professor of history and government at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Tel Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University.
Laqueur's main works deal with European history in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially Russian history and German history, as well as the history of the Middle East. The topics he has written about include the German Youth Movement, Zionism, Israeli history, the cultural history of the Weimar Republic and Russia, Communism, the Holocaust, fascism, and the diplomatic history of the Cold War. His books have been translated into many languages, and he was one of the founders of the study of political violence, guerrilla warfare and terrorism. His comments on international affairs have appeared in many American and European newspapers and periodicals.
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