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A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

«“A commanding, superbly documented, and fair-minded study of the events that . . . gave a sovereign home to one people and dispossessed another. . . . What is so striking about Morris’s work . . . is that it does not flatter anyone’s prejudices.”—David Remnick, New Yorker

“Morris relates the story of his new book soberly and somberly, evenhandedly and exhaustively. . . . An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and volatile event. He has reconstructed that event with scrupulous exactitude.”—David Margolick, New York Times Book Review

“When it comes to interpreting the history they shared in 1947–49, Arabs and Israelis subscribe to two radically different narratives. . . . One of the many achievements of this admirable book is to help readers understand why each narrative commands such authority and why they remain so stubbornly irreconcilable.”—Andrew Bacevich, Boston Globe

“An ambitious, detailed and engaging portrait of the war itself—from its origins to its unresolved aftermath—that further shatters myths on both sides of the Israeli-Arab divide.”—Glenn Frankel, Washington Post Book World

“Morris’s account seems admirable, because he is unafraid of upsetting both camps. . . . His commitment to the pursuit of historical truth deserves as much admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence commands sympathy. . . . Morris’s book is no mere military narrative, but a crisp, vivid introduction to the historical tragedy of Palestine.”—Max Hastings, Sunday Times

“Morris, born in 1948, is among a group of Israeli ‘new historians’ whose work has challenged the traditional, accepted line of the birth of Israel. In this well-researched book, he strives for balance.”—Billy Heller, New York Post

Selected as one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post in the World category

“Morris’ . . . new book, impeccably timed to coincide with our 60th anniversary, is notable for its insistence that the religious dimension of Arab opposition to Jewish sovereignty, the rejection of Israel as an ‘infidel’ and ‘alien’ presence, was overwhelming from the earliest days of the struggle for statehood—and was underestimated by Israel’s leaders from the earliest days, too.”—David Horovitz, Jerusalem Post

“Magisterial. . . . A densely researched, richly textured, nuanced book brimming with discerning analysis and telling details. . . . It will be mandatory reading for the foreseeable future.”—Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

“Likely to become the most definitive study of the first Arab-Israeli war. On each and every facet of the conflict—military strategy, human rights abuses, the refugee crisis, diplomacy, and propaganda—it is an extraordinary tour de force.”—Shlomo Ben-Ami, Foreign Affairs

“Morris offers a study of Israel’s war of independence, effectively debunking many of the myths surrounding it. . . . He meticulously documents the expulsions and atrocities that occurred on both sides. His work demonstrates that passion, not polemic, about this controversial era leads to good history. Recommended for all libraries.”—Library Journal

“A considerable achievement, meticulously detailing and analyzing both Israel’s war of Independence, on the one hand, and its mirror Palestinian face: the Catastrophe (al nakba), on the other. For those who can handle often-uncomfortable facts, this volume is a must read. . . . A courageous narrative.”—Michael Bell, Toronto Globe and Mail

Winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award in the category of History, presented by the Jewish Book Council

“This is the best book by far on the war of 1948.”—Benjamin Kedar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“This is a wonderful contribution to the historiography of the Israel/Palestine War of 1948. Morris has written a fresh account, substantiated by a lot of new documentation.”—Ronald W. Zweig, New York University

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Benny Morris demolishes misconceptions and provides a comprehensive history of the Israeli-Arab war of 1948
 
This history of the foundational war in the Arab-Israeli conflict is groundbreaking, objective, and deeply revisionist. Les mer

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Benny Morris demolishes misconceptions and provides a comprehensive history of the Israeli-Arab war of 1948
 
This history of the foundational war in the Arab-Israeli conflict is groundbreaking, objective, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the military engagements, it also focuses on the war’s political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the motives and aims of the protagonists on the basis of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the archives are still closed—is illuminated with the help of intelligence and diplomatic materials.
 
Morris stresses the jihadi character of the two-stage Arab assault on the Jewish community in Palestine. Throughout, he examines the dialectic between the war’s military and political developments and highlights the military impetus in the creation of the refugee problem, which was a by-product of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The book thoroughly investigates the role of the Great Powers—Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the conflict and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris looks both at high politics and general staff decision-making processes and at the nitty-gritty of combat in the successive battles that resulted in the emergence of the State of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab world, a humiliation that underlies the continued Arab antagonism toward Israel.

Medlemsvurdering:
I denne boken skildrer den israelske historikeren Benny Morris på en oversiktlig og god måte Israels uavhengighetskrig i 1948. Han begynner sin skildring av bakgrunnen for konflikten med sionismens oppstart på slutten av 1800-tallet og skildrer klimaet i verden og Midtøsten gjennom to verdenskriger, holocaust og arabiske opprør fram til FNs delingsplan fra 1947. Borgerkrigen i Palestina fram til Israels opprettelse i mai 1948, og den påfølgende invasjonen fra de arabiske naboland blir meget grundig, men likevel oversiktlig skildret. Jeg blir veldig imponert over hvor nøktern og objektiv Morris makter å være i sin skildring av et slikt sensitivt stoff. Han går aldri for langt, men holder likevel aldri igjen når han skildrer krigens gang. Han har også gjort et enormt forskningsmessig arbeide, kildematerialet som ligger til grunn for denne boken er enormt. Likevel blir skildringen oversiktlig, og en får et godt bilde av bakgrunnen for krigen, krigens gang, og konsekvensene. Jeg vil på det aller varmeste anbefale denne boken for den som ønker en god innføring i krigen i 1948.

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Detaljer

Forlag
Yale University Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
560
ISBN
9780300151121
Utgivelsesår
2009
Format
24 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Benny Morris is professor of history in the Middle East Studies Department of Ben-Gurion University, Israel. He is the leading figure among Israel’s “New Historians,” who over the past two decades have reshaped our understanding of the Israeli-Arab conflict. His books include Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881–2001; Israel’s Border Wars, 1949–1956; and The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited.

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«“A commanding, superbly documented, and fair-minded study of the events that . . . gave a sovereign home to one people and dispossessed another. . . . What is so striking about Morris’s work . . . is that it does not flatter anyone’s prejudices.”—David Remnick, New Yorker

“Morris relates the story of his new book soberly and somberly, evenhandedly and exhaustively. . . . An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and volatile event. He has reconstructed that event with scrupulous exactitude.”—David Margolick, New York Times Book Review

“When it comes to interpreting the history they shared in 1947–49, Arabs and Israelis subscribe to two radically different narratives. . . . One of the many achievements of this admirable book is to help readers understand why each narrative commands such authority and why they remain so stubbornly irreconcilable.”—Andrew Bacevich, Boston Globe

“An ambitious, detailed and engaging portrait of the war itself—from its origins to its unresolved aftermath—that further shatters myths on both sides of the Israeli-Arab divide.”—Glenn Frankel, Washington Post Book World

“Morris’s account seems admirable, because he is unafraid of upsetting both camps. . . . His commitment to the pursuit of historical truth deserves as much admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence commands sympathy. . . . Morris’s book is no mere military narrative, but a crisp, vivid introduction to the historical tragedy of Palestine.”—Max Hastings, Sunday Times

“Morris, born in 1948, is among a group of Israeli ‘new historians’ whose work has challenged the traditional, accepted line of the birth of Israel. In this well-researched book, he strives for balance.”—Billy Heller, New York Post

Selected as one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post in the World category

“Morris’ . . . new book, impeccably timed to coincide with our 60th anniversary, is notable for its insistence that the religious dimension of Arab opposition to Jewish sovereignty, the rejection of Israel as an ‘infidel’ and ‘alien’ presence, was overwhelming from the earliest days of the struggle for statehood—and was underestimated by Israel’s leaders from the earliest days, too.”—David Horovitz, Jerusalem Post

“Magisterial. . . . A densely researched, richly textured, nuanced book brimming with discerning analysis and telling details. . . . It will be mandatory reading for the foreseeable future.”—Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

“Likely to become the most definitive study of the first Arab-Israeli war. On each and every facet of the conflict—military strategy, human rights abuses, the refugee crisis, diplomacy, and propaganda—it is an extraordinary tour de force.”—Shlomo Ben-Ami, Foreign Affairs

“Morris offers a study of Israel’s war of independence, effectively debunking many of the myths surrounding it. . . . He meticulously documents the expulsions and atrocities that occurred on both sides. His work demonstrates that passion, not polemic, about this controversial era leads to good history. Recommended for all libraries.”—Library Journal

“A considerable achievement, meticulously detailing and analyzing both Israel’s war of Independence, on the one hand, and its mirror Palestinian face: the Catastrophe (al nakba), on the other. For those who can handle often-uncomfortable facts, this volume is a must read. . . . A courageous narrative.”—Michael Bell, Toronto Globe and Mail

Winner of the 2008 National Jewish Book Award in the category of History, presented by the Jewish Book Council

“This is the best book by far on the war of 1948.”—Benjamin Kedar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“This is a wonderful contribution to the historiography of the Israel/Palestine War of 1948. Morris has written a fresh account, substantiated by a lot of new documentation.”—Ronald W. Zweig, New York University

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Medlemmers vurdering

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yngve – 10.10.2009

– I denne boken skildrer den israelske historikeren Benny Morris på en oversiktlig og god måte Israels uavhengighetskrig i 1948. Han begynner sin skildring av bakgrunnen for konflikten med sionismens oppstart på slutten av 1800-tallet og skildrer klimaet i verden og Midtøsten gjennom to verdenskriger, holocaust og arabiske opprør fram til FNs delingsplan fra 1947. Borgerkrigen i Palestina fram til Israels opprettelse i mai 1948, og den påfølgende invasjonen fra de arabiske naboland blir meget grundig, men likevel oversiktlig skildret. Jeg blir veldig imponert over hvor nøktern og objektiv Morris makter å være i sin skildring av et slikt sensitivt stoff. Han går aldri for langt, men holder likevel aldri igjen når han skildrer krigens gang. Han har også gjort et enormt forskningsmessig arbeide, kildematerialet som ligger til grunn for denne boken er enormt. Likevel blir skildringen oversiktlig, og en får et godt bilde av bakgrunnen for krigen, krigens gang, og konsekvensene. Jeg vil på det aller varmeste anbefale denne boken for den som ønker en god innføring i krigen i 1948.

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