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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Israel - Arab Reader

When I was a college student thirty years ago, I used a book by historian Walter Laqueur called The Israel - Arab Reader. Now, Midwest Jim reports at Gateway Pundit that the book is out in its seventh edition, this one being co-authored with Laqueur by Barry Rubin.
The book provides almost 300 primary texts covering more than a century of history. It documents the British mandate and early attempts to handle the conflict; Israel's independence and the outbreak of wars; international diplomatic efforts to make peace including the 1990s’ peace process and its breakdown. Materials are presented reflecting the positions of Arab leaders and states, Europeans, Israel, Palestinians, the USSR, and the United States. The texts of international resolutions and agreements, as well as accords made during the peace process, are also provided.
More details on the book here and here.


At 12:42 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Barry Rubin authors it, that means its going be a good background source on reading up on the Israeli-Arab conflict. Its a regional and cultural conflict and not necessarily a national one between two peoples contesting the same land. By learning how we go to today's disputes, we'll be better prepared to handle the future. Those who forget history are inevitably condemned to repeat it and nowhere is that more true than in the Middle East.


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