Palestine: Past and Present

Tristan Dunning (Editor)
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane; School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia

Series: Politics and Economics of the Middle East
BISAC: POL059000

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The volume traces the evolution of Palestine-Israel conflict through several historically-informed and roughly chronological, yet overlapping, investigations examining, inter alia: the effects of the First World War and the efforts of the Zionist movement culminating in the establishment of the State of Israel and the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinians from the territories therein in 1947-48; missed opportunities for peace from 1967 to 1990 by reference to official policy documents; the revitalisation of Palestinian nationalism through the PLO after the 1967 war and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1994; the competing rise and evolution of Islamic nationalism in Palestine, predominantly embodied by the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas; attempts at Palestinian institution-building contextualised by the profound influence of international donors and Israel; and the ongoing evolution of the relationship between Hamas and Israel.

The final chapter canvases some of the rapidly evolving issues that have arisen over the last few years, including upheavals caused by the election of the Trump administration in the United States, and the periodic and ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The volume will be of interest to both scholars and the general public wishing to understand the historical and present drivers of the conflict in the Holy Land.
(Imprint: NOVA)

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Preface

Introduction: Palestine: 100 Years Later
(Tristan Dunning, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane; School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 1. Palestinian Prospects and Proposals for Democracy: Missed Opportunity, 1967-1990
(Terry Beitzel, PhD, Department of Justice Studies, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, US)

Chapter 2. A Palestinian State? the Difference between Perception and Reality
(Martin Kear, PhD, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Chapter 3. The Islamic Nationalism of Hamas: Syncretism, Discourse and Legitimacy
(Miguel Galsim, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

Chapter 4. The Political Economy of Taming the Palestinian Authority
(Anas Iqtait, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

Chapter 5. Hamas: Religion, Israel and Peace
(Tristan Dunning, PhD, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane; School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia)

Conclusion: Whither Palestine?
(Tristan Dunning, Martin Kear, PhD, and Imad Alsoos, PhD, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane; School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia, and others)

Index

Keywords: Palestine, Israel, Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Middle East Studies

The book will be of interest to scholars, policymakers and non-specialists interested in the ongoing events in Palestine and the Middle East. Scholars of state formation and violent non-state actors will find the volume of interest.

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