Arab-Israeli Conflict
The Essential Reference Guide
by Priscilla Roberts, Editor
July 2014, 377pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-067-6
$98, £73, 82€, A140
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Zionism holds that Jews, like any other people, are entitled to a homeland.

Truly an essential reference for today's world, this detailed introduction to the origins, events, and impact of the adversarial relationship between Arabs and Israelis illuminates the complexities and the consequences of this long-lasting conflict.

The Arab-Israeli conflict remains one of the most contentious in modern history, one with repercussions that reach far beyond the Middle East. This volume describes and explains the most important countries, people, events, and organizations that play or have played a part in the conflict. Chronological coverage begins with the Israeli War of Independence in 1948 and extends to the present day. A one-stop reference, the guide offers a comprehensive overview essay, as well as perspective essays by leading scholars who explore such widely debated issues as the United States’ support for Israel and historic rights to Palestine.

Important primary source documents, such as the UN Resolution on the Partition of Palestine and the Camp David Accords, are included and put into context. Further insight into drivers of war and peace in the Middle East are provided through biographies of major political leaders like Menachem Begin, Golda Meir, Yasser Arafat, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Anwar Sadat.


  • Provides a comprehensive overview of one of the most complex conflicts in modern times, clarifying its causes and consequences
  • Inspires critical thinking through perspective essays on topics related to the conflict that generate wide-spread debate
  • Takes into account events such as the impact of the Arab Spring and the ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capabilities
  • Offers valuable insights into the backgrounds and philosophies of the leaders on both sides who have helped defined the Arab-Israeli conflict
Priscilla Roberts is associate professor of history at the University of Hong Kong and honorary director of the University's Centre of American Studies. She read history as an undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge, where she also completed her doctorate. Roberts has written and edited many books including Window on the Forbidden City: The Beijing Diaries of David Bruce, 1973–1974; Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World Beyond Asia; and Lord Lothian and Anglo-American Relations, 1900–1940.


"An enlightening assessment of Middle Eastern power struggles, Roberts’ resource covers a labyrinthine topic without cluttering the page with acronyms and arcane names and terms. . . . Roberts’ compendium offers a valuable addition to academic and public libraries."—Booklist, October 15, 2014
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