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Geschichte Palästinas: Von der osmanischen Eroberung bis zur Gründung des Staates Israel (Beck Paperback 1461) (edition 2015)

by Gudrun Krämer (Autor)

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It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind, A History of Palestine offers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution. Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun Krämer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews, A History of Palestine tells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.… (more)
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Title:Geschichte Palästinas: Von der osmanischen Eroberung bis zur Gründung des Staates Israel (Beck Paperback 1461)
Authors:Gudrun Krämer (Autor)
Info:C.H.Beck (2015), Edition: 6, 445 pages
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A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel by Gudrun Krämer

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It was like reading a statistics report. Not my cup of tea. ( )
  Foghorn-Leghorn | Jun 5, 2016 |
It will come as a surprise to some that we can even talk of a history of Palestine before the state of Israel—after all, much of mainstream media/popular discourse seems constructed atop an unexamined assumption that the territories had little developed culture or meaningful history before Jewish settlement.

"Too often," writes Gudrun Kramer, at the outset of her fifth chapter, "the history of late Ottoman Palestine is seen (and told) as a mere prelude to Arab-Jewish conflict in the twentieth century... for Palestine, 1882 can only be taken as a turning point if history is written from its outcome—the foundation of the State of Israel. It makes no sense if the aim is to write a history of the Palestinian economy and society at large."

An excellent aim, but has she fully accomplished this? At least one reviewer has pointed out that the first two centuries of Ottoman rule really get no coverage at all here, whie the second two are allocated four chapters out of thirteen. The same reviewer points out that, while Kramer is by no means a denier of the nakba (lit. "catastrophe", the 1948 expulsion of the Palestinians), the single most defining event of modern Palestine is given only thirteen pages, and doesn't seriously consider Arabic-language sources, even though many of these have been vindicated as accurate after decades of suppression and denial.

I would still recommend this book as a worthwhile starting point for understanding Palestinian history. The book presents the best available population and land-use statistics for various periods, which itself will come as a revelation to some. There are also a series of potential surprises in the unfolding story of the British role—the views of British politicians and civil servants on Palestine and Zionism were anything but uniform, and Kramer's account captures that well.

This is a worthwhile first take on this subject, but it is by no means the last word. ( )
  jrcovey | Jul 29, 2015 |
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It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind, A History of Palestine offers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution. Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun Krämer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews, A History of Palestine tells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.

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