Further reading

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A good place to begin your further reading is with our blog posts on Israel-Palestine, found here and here.


Here are some further reading suggestions, covering a range of interpretations:

  • The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (edited by Eugene Rogan and Avi Shlaim)- a collection of essays on the main actors in the war.
  • The chapter ‘World War II and the First Arab-Israeli War, 1939-1949’ in Benny Morris, Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist Arab Conflict 1881-2001
  • Avi Shlaim, ‘The Debate about 1948 – an article on the historiographical controversies in Israel
  • Walid Khalidi, ‘Why did the Palestinians leave, Revisited’, Journal of Palestine Studies
  • Ilan Pappé’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
  • The chapter ’The War of Independence, 1947-1949’ in Anita Shapira’s Israel: A History
  • The chapters ‘Palestine Problem before United Nations (1947-1948) and ‘Strife, War, Truce’ in Sami Hadawi’s Bitter Harvest: Palestine
  • The chapter, ‘The Revolt, 1948, and Afterward’ in Rashid Khalidi’s The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle
  • The chapter ’The emergence of Israel’ in Avi Shlaim’s The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World
  • Efraim Karsh Palestine Betrayed (Yale University Press, 2010)


On the consequences:


  • Tom Segev’s 1949, The First Israelis
  • Constantine Zurayk’s The Meaning of Disaster was the foundational text for the generation of Palestinians after 1948. He was one of the leading Arab intellectuals and wrote in 1948. This text was foundational for how Palestinians conceptualised the Nakba.
  • ’The Creation of Israeli Democracy’ in Anita Shapira’s Israel: A History

JTracks provides further resources on themes in Jewish history, such as immigration and antisemitism: https://jtracks.org.uk/modern-jewish-history