The Origins of the Arab Israeli Wars: Edition 4

Routledge
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This highly-regarded history gives a balanced and judicious introduction to this immensely complex and controversial subject, weaving different strands of the story into a single coherent narrative, thus making it essential reading for all students studying conflict in the Middle East. Of all the troubles affecting the modern world few are as topical, deep rooted and intractable as the Arab-Israeli conflict. For this region, an understanding of the past is vital to an understanding of the present. Ritchie Ovendale’s classic study of the roots of the conflict is now updated for a fourth time and considers events until 2003.
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Routledge
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Published on
Oct 23, 2015
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781317867685
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English
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History / Asia / General
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