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The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles in history. In this accessible and stimulating Very Short Introduction, Martin Bunton clearly explains the history of the problem, reducing it to its very essence - a modern territorial contest between two nations and one geographical territory. Adopting a fresh and original approach, each section covers a twenty-year span, to highlight the historical complexity of the conflict throughout successive decades. Each chapter starts with an examination of the relationships among people and events that marked particular years as historical moments in the evolution of the conflict, including the 1897 Basle Congress; the 1917 Balfour Declaration and British occupation of Palestine; and the 1947 UN Partition Plan and the war for Palestine. Providing a clear and fair exploration of the main issues, Bunton explores not only the historical basis of the conflict, but also looks at how and why partition has been so difficult and how efforts to restore peace continue today.

©2013 Martin Bunton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Solid introduction

I'm no expert on the subject (which is why I wanted a 'very short introduction') but I learned a great deal from this book. A lot of information is packed into a short listen but it is well organized and carefully designed to lead you through a complex subject. To my untutored ear, it did not seem to favour one side; you can understand the suffering and the anger of both. The reader is not very exciting but he is listenable.

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1/2 the story

Author leaves out pertinent history of 1948. Military factors on the ground. Entirely Misrepresents the strength of Egyptian Air Force (which were equipped with British spitfires) . Misrepresents the strength of the Arab legion, described in specifically by American pilots in Nancy Spielberg's documentary "above and beyond " .

Leaves out key events in 1967 . Nasser's statements "drive Jews into the sea" and Jordan's attacks on isreal.

Great read if you want to understand why todays students have no clue about the entirety of the historical record.

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Quick and Factual, what I needed....

If you could sum up Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction in three words, what would they be?

Quick
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Beginner-Friendly

What other book might you compare Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction to and why?

All the books in the VSI are similar: quick and dirty explanations of complicated topics. It won't be thorough, but you will have a starting point for daily context.

Which character – as performed by Neil Shah – was your favorite?

There are no characters- this is a nonfiction.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There are plenty of documentaries.

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A very nice summary of the key historical facts

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This issue impacts the entire world in one way or another. And this book does an exceptional job of explaining it - objectively.

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  • Hareth
  • 01-12-17

Monotone narration

The book was somewhat informative but the narration was very monotone and hard to keep listening to.

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  • 04-03-16

Excellent introduction to a complex history

concise and clear, this book is highly recommended to those wanting an overview of the history of this problem. Also avoids any bias.

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  • Polonius
  • 01-18-18

Excellent summary<br />

Mr Bunton has written a scholarly book for the general reader. He is an expert guide to the issues.