Saturday, November 4, 2023

The Twentieth Century Roots of the Palestinian Conflict

And I know the roots go further back, but today’s conflict could not have happened had not certain actions and decisions taken place in the early to mid-twentieth century.

For your weekend or extended reading, following are books I have read and written about at this blog that address the early twentieth century roots of the conflict regarding Palestine.  As you will note from the title of each book, some are focused on the region, for example the carving up of the Ottoman Empire throughout the Middle East, while some are focused specifically on Palestine – one of the results of the carving.


David Fromkin, A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East

o   The Vintage of History is Forever Repeating

o   The More That Things Change

o   The Financier of the Revolution

o   Lather, Rinse, Repeat

o   The Hundred Years’ War

o   Once is Tragedy, Twice is Farce


Eugene Rogan, The Fall of the Ottomans

o   The Fall of the Ottomans

o   The Dying Days of Empire

o   The Road to Genocide

o   A Genocide by Any Other Name….

o   Gallipoli

o   Revenge or Justice?


Tom Segev, One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate

o   Birth of a White Negro

o   Laughed At by Time

o   The Story of a Donkey

o   From Immigrants and Refugees to Terrorists


Alison Weir, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel

o   The Betrayer of High Principles

o   Born in Terrorism

o   Homesteading?


Hugh Wilford, America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

o   America’s Great Game

o   America in the Middle East

o   America and Zion

o   The Coup

o   The Syria Obsession

1 comment:

  1. The Postil website, always interesting, has a host of relevant articles on line in its November 2023 edition, under the title, "The War in Gaza". Along with Tom Woods recent interview with Rev. Glenn Meder, a Lutheran pastor (November 4, 2023), these articles provide important historical background and theological criticism regarding "Christian Zionism" and American Evangelical attraction to that position.