Palestinians

Palestinians

The Making of A People

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of a people struggling to define their claims and aspirations, shows how this process is intertwined with the history of the Jews, and predicts positive results spurring from the current turmoil in the Middle East

Blackwell North Amer
In the hundred-year struggle for Palestine, history itself has been a battlefield, Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs seek to undermine each other's claim to national identity. Whatever the outcome of the current phase in regional affairs, no real progress toward peace can occur before agreement is reached about the events that have shaped the present and will remain dominant influences over the future. Baruch Kimmerling and Joel Migdal have taken the first significant step in this direction with a timely and authoritative account of the origins and history of the Palestinian people.
This is the story of an agrarian society, ruled for centuries by outside powers and lacking indigenous political traditions, whose historical experience has been overwhelmingly negative. Kimmerling and Migdal give a sensitive and detailed portrait of this society as it struggled to survive the dissipation of the Ottoman Empire, the devastations of World War I, the transfer to British authority, and the subsequent destabilizing impact of Western economies.
In the midst of these upheavals, such events as the first Zionist settlement in 1870 and even the Balfour Declaration of 1917 went almost unnoticed. But Jews became a swiftly growing presence in Palestine, acquiring land, expanding settlements, and introducing modern farming and commercial practices that further strained the region's social fabric. The authors closely document this process, and reveal that what had always been a diffuse, clan-centered Arab population began to acquire national self-consciousness as a result of these violent changes. Thus, the authors argue that the Palestinians came into existence as a people over time, largely through their interaction with the Jewish people and the Israeli state.
Kimmerling and Migdal believe that, although recent events have dealt the Palestinians a number of serious blows, they have reached a turning point in their tortured history, as a new generation of leaders arise who may abandon anti-Zionism as an organizing principle. If so, the present phase of struggle may present the most propitious opportunity for peace in generations.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the history of a people struggling to define their claims and aspirations, shows how this process is intertwined with the history of the Jews, and predicts positive results spurring from the current turmoil in the Middle East.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c1993
ISBN: 9780029173213
0029173213
Branch Call Number: 956.94 KIM
Characteristics: xix, 396 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Migdal, Joel S.

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