1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris

By Benny Morris

This historical past of the foundational warfare within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, aim, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally makes a speciality of the war's political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the explanations and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the files are nonetheless closed—is illuminated with the aid of intelligence and diplomatic materials.

Morris stresses the jihadi personality of the two-stage Arab attack at the Jewish group in Palestine. all through, he examines the dialectic among the war's army and political advancements and highlights the army impetus within the production of the refugee challenge, which was once a spinoff of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The ebook completely investigates the function of the good Powers—Britain, the USA, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris seems to be either at excessive politics and normal employees decision-making tactics and on the nitty-gritty of strive against within the successive battles that ended in the emergence of the nation of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab global, an embarrassment that underlies the continuing Arab antagonism towards Israel.


"'Morris's account turns out admirable, simply because he's unafraid of frightening either camps... His dedication to the pursuit of historic fact merits as a lot admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence instructions sympathy... Morris's publication is not any mere army narrative, yet a crisp, brilliant advent to the historic tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday instances 'Morris relates the tale of his new booklet soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and risky event.' David Margolick, big apple occasions ebook overview 'An bold, distinct and interesting portrait of the struggle itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that extra shatters myths on either side of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington publish publication World"

About the Author

Benny Morris is professor of background within the heart East reviews division of Ben-Gurion collage, Israel. he's the major determine between Israel's "New Historians," who during the last twenty years have reshaped our realizing of the Israeli-Arab clash. His books contain Righteous sufferers: A historical past of the Zionist-Arab clash, 1881-2001; Israel's Border Wars, 1949-1956; and The delivery of the Palestinian Refugee challenge Revisited.

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8 Medieval Christianity For all the violence and mayhem of Urban's childhood world, he was, from his earliest days, surrounded by and immersed in the Christian religion. The medieval society in which he lived was obsessively dedicated to this faith, almost every feature of daily existence being conditioned by its doctrines. Europe's devotion to Christianity can be traced back to the fourth century CE, when the Roman emperor Constantine the Great embraced Christian dogma, injecting this small-scale eastern Mediterranean sect into the lifeblood of Rome.

ISBN: 0-7432-2084-6 Typeset by M Rules Printed and bound in Great Britain by Cox & Wyman Ltd, Reading, Berks PICTURE CREDITS pp. 1, 8,15,21: British Library pp. 7,11, 22: Susan B. Edgington pp. 3,4,12,14: Bibliotheque Nationale de France pp. 5, 9, 30: Agence Photographique de la Reunion des Musees Nationaux pp. 6,13: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore pp. 2,10: The Art Archive pp. 16,17,18,19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29: Thomas Asbridge p. 20: AKG-images p. 28: Hulton Getty FOR CHRISTINE AND ELLA CONTENTS Preface xi List of Maps xv Cast of Characters xvii HOLY WAR PROCLAIMED l AFIRE WITH CRUSADING FEVER 40 THE JOURNEY TO BYZANTIUM 83 THE FIRST STORM OF WAR 117 BEFORE THE WALLS OF ANTIOCH 153 TIGHTENING THE SCREW 188 TO THE EDGE OF ANNIHILATION 212 DESCENT INTO DISCORD 241 THE FALTERING PATH 271 THE HOLY CITY 295 AFTERMATH 320 Conclusion 334 Glossary 341 Chronology 342 Notes 345 Bibliography 380 Index 397 PREFACE The First Crusade stands as one of the most remarkable episodes in European history.

But Urban and his contemporaries viewed their Christian history through a cracked and clouded lens. The glorious 'perfection' of a bygone era to which they aspired too often owed more to fiction than to fact. The sheer malleability of history - stretched and distorted by the imprecisions of memory and twisted through wilful manipulation and forgery - meant that the past' that informed and enabled Urban's sanctification of violence was actually a shifting, tangled web of reality and imagination.

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