These essays by a leading Israeli historian focus on Israeli decisions and the reasons behind the mass Arab exile from Palestine in 1948. Benny Morris addresses the transfer of Majdal's Arabs to Gaza in 1950, the initial absorption of the Palestinian refugees in Arab host countries in 1948-9, and why some Arabs remained in their villages. He then explores attitudes toward the Palestinian Arabs from the 1948 war to the differing perspectives of Israel's two main parties. By examining past and present Israeli historiography, Morris identifies and analyzes the major points of controversy between the "old" official Israeli histories and the "new" histories of the 1980s and beyond.
`an excellent and highly recommendable work' Middle East Studies Association Bulletin
'Morris' research is copious and his approach scholarly. The unique value of the work is that the author relies extensively on recently-declassified Israeli archives and documents.'
Muslim World Book Review
'These essays...are important...We need to know the truth in this scholarly work, for reasons other than idle curiosity.'
`His book, as well as being a fine work of history, cats more light on contemporary problems than many works on current affairs.'
'Benny Morris continues to enrich the field of knowledge encompassing Israel's violent origins...Readers...will welcome this additional opportunity to study authoritative and richly detailed analysis and description from the pen of the pre-eminent researcher in the field.'
'With remarkable impartiality and detachment, Dr Morris effectively undermines both Israeli and Arab orthodoxy on the causes of the Palestinian exodus in 1948.'
Times Literary Supplement
`This is truly a valuable essay
'Morris not only writes history but makes it'
`Morris provides us with a wealth of material, much of it previously unpublished, that documents the sequence of events at local level in a number of situations.'
International History Review
`Morris has been steadily escalating his writing style. This trend is already visible in his 1948 and After, a recycling of several published essays designed to complement his earlier work on the Palestinian refugee problem.'
Preface; The new historiography: Israel and its past; Mapai, Mapam and the Arab problem in 1948; The causes and character of the Arab exodus from Palestine: the Israel Defence Forces Intelligence Branch analysis of June 1948; Yosef Weitz and the transfer committees, 1948-9; Haifa's Arabs: displacement and concentration, July 1948; The harvest of 1948 and the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem; The case of Abu Ghosh and Beit Naqquba, Al Fureidis and
Khirbet Jisr az Zarka in 1948 - or why four villages stayed; The initial absorption of the Palestinian refugees in the Arab host countries, 1948-9; The transfer of Al Majdal's remaining Arabs to Gaza, 1950
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 7th April 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.22
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2