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Foreword by Michael Burckhard BlankeIntroduction1. Napoleon to Allenby: Processes of change in Palestine, 1800-1918, Ruth Kark; Continuity and change in Palestine: The last Ottoman period, 1856-1918, Adel Manna; Discussion; 2. The beginnings of Jewish settlement and Zionism, to World War I, Ran Aaronsohn; The prehistory of Palestinian nationalism, Issam Nassar; Discussion; 3. The Palestinian national movement, 1919-1939, Manuel Hassassian; Zionist diplomacy, 1914-1939, Norman Rose; Discussion; 4. The Holocaust, the establishment of Israel, and the shaping of Israeli society, Dalia Ofer; The Holocaust in the Palestinian perspective, Ata Qaymari; Discussion; 5. The UN Partition resolution of 1948: Why wasn't it implemented, Moshe Ma'oz; The paradox of the UN 1947 partition plan, Walid Salem; Discussion; 6. Israeli historiography of the 1948 War, Avraham Sela; The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem in 1947-48, Adel Yahya; Discussion; 7. Holiness and conflict in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Moshe Amirav; Jerusalem refugees and property claims since the 1948 War, Salim Tamari; Discussion. Glossary; Map of Israel/Palestine; For Further Reading; Index; About the Authors

About the Author

Paul Scham, formerly a lawyer, is currently a Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., and a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University. Walid Salem is a journalist and director of the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development (Panorama), Jerusalem. Benjamin Pogrund is a journalist and director of the Yakar Center for Social Concern, Jerusalem.


'This book provides a view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unavailable in any other single volume...The reader, whether steeped in the history of the conflict or simply looking for some explanation of why it is so intractable, sees through the eyes of the protagonists themselves why mutual understanding is so difficult and, in the process, begins to understand why the two sides have not been able to come to terms.' Edy Kaufman, University of Maryland & Hebrew University of Jerusalem 'The participants move seamlessly between critiquing and defending their own and each other's narratives. No one hews blindly to orthodox interpretations, and it is difficult to predict opinions based on identity; these historians think for themselves and say unexpected things. Shared Histories is a rare example of Israeli-Palestinian conflict discussion-among academics, no less-that defies the laws of negative interdependence. The quality and collegiality of the discussions is particularly notable, given that they occurred during the most lethal period of Israeli-Palestinian violence since 1948. If Israeli and Palestinian intellectuals could engage in dialogue of this level, at that time, it should be possible to debate these issues substantially and productively in academic forums further removed from the conflict... [it] reads like Talmud: the shorthand minutes of alternately esoteric, fractious, and profound exchanges between learned authorities, fragmented, marked by subtlety, allusion and sophisticated hints of sub-textual dynamics.' Israel Studies Forum

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