Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999

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Knopf, 1999 - History - 751 pages
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At a time when the Middle East has come closer to achieving peace than ever before, eminent Israeli historian Benny Morris explodes the myths cherished by both sides to present an epic history of Zionist-Arab relations over the past 120 years.

Tracing the roots of political Zionism back to the pogroms of Russia and the Dreyfus Affair, Morris describes the gradual influx of Jewish settlers into Palestine and the impact they had on the Arab population. Following the Holocaust, the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948 resulted in the establishment of the State of Israel, but it also shattered Palestinian Arab society and gave rise to a massive refugee problem. Morris offers distinctive accounts of each of the subsequent Israeli-Arab wars and details the sporadic peace efforts in between, culminating in the peace process initiated by the Rabin Government. In a new afterword to the Vintage edition, he examines Ehud Barak's leadership, the death of President Assad of Syria, and Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, and the recent renewed conflict with the Palestinians. Studded with illuminating portraits of the major protagonists, Righteous Victims provides an authoritative record of the middle east and its continuing struggle toward peace.

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Review: Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1998

User Review  - Elaad Yair - Goodreads

The book provides a detailed account of more than a hundred years of conflict. Although Morris relies heavily on English and Hebrew sources (as he does not speak Arabic and had no access to most Arab ... Read full review

Review: Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1998

User Review  - Eric Maher - Goodreads

A very important book ... The author has been criticized for not following the Israeli "party line." This book very much helps you understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

\Benny Morris is a Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheeba, Israel.

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