By Yezid Sayigh
Outfitted upon an remarkable volume of entry to PLO files, respectable guides, and the inner files of varied guerrilla teams, in addition to over 400 interviews performed via the writer with the rank-and-file of the PLO, this groundbreaking ebook gives a definitive account of the Palestinian nationwide stream. overlaying completely the forty-five years among the institution of the country of Israel in 1948 to the PLO-Israel accord of 1993, this learn sheds a lot new gentle at the historical past of the center East within the latter half the 20 th century.
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Extra info for Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993
They ultimately made their own choices regarding ideological and organizational models, but the means of struggle, timing, and opportunities available to them were largely determined by developments in the wider Arab context. By the same token, the Palestinian exodus and the establishment of Israel introduced a new factor to Arab politics. 44 The 1947-8 war coincided with the start of a period of severe domestic instability. Nine changes of government in Egypt followed, starting with the assassination of prime minister Mahmud Nuqrashi in December 1948 and ending with the Free Officers coup that overthrew the monarchy in July 1952.
Arabs formed 88 per cent of the population of mandate Palestine but accounted for only 60 per cent of all civil service posts in 1925, for example. 16 British policy and Zionist ambition meant that the context for the political development of Palestinian society after World War One diftered fundamentally from that provided by the emerging national states in neighbouring Arab territories. 1' Resistance to the newly formed central governments was often strong among social forces seeking to preserve established political and economic privileges, but the superior military capability of the mandate authorities and their ability to manipulate the allocation of resources and office (as means of reward or punishment) invariably decided the outcome.
Whatever the rights and wrongs, uprooting and dispersal on such a scale constituted a collective trauma of immense, devastating proportions. To the Palestinians, the outcome of the 1947-8 war was known simply as 'the catastrophe' (al-nakba). The salvation of the Jews had come at the expense of another people, and in that tragic encounter were laid the seeds for another 45 years of bitter and unremitting conflict. The revival of the Palestinian national movement was now to take place within the framework of three circles of political interaction: Palestinian, Arab, and international.
Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993 by Yezid Sayigh