Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993

Paperback | November 4, 1999

byYezid Sayigh

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Armed Struggle and The Search for State spans an entire epoch in the history of the contemporary Palestinian national movement, from the establishment of Israel in 1948, to the PLO-Israel accord of 1993. Contrary to the conventional view that national liberation movements proceed withstate-building only after attaining independence, the case of the PLO shows that state-building may shape political institutionalisation, even in the absence of an autonomous territorial, economic, and social base. This insightful study traces the political, ideological, and organisational evolution of the PLO and its constituent of guerrilla groups. Taking the much-vaunted 'armed struggle' as its connecting there, it shows how conflict was used to mobilise the mass constituency, assert particular discoursesof revolution and nationalism, construct statist institutions, and establish legitimacy of a new political class and bureaucratic elite. The book draws extensively on PLO archives, official publications and internal documents of the various guerrilla groups, and over 400 interviews conducted by the author with he PLO rank-and-file. Its span, primary sources and conceptual framework make this the definitive work on thesubject.

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Armed Struggle and The Search for State spans an entire epoch in the history of the contemporary Palestinian national movement, from the establishment of Israel in 1948, to the PLO-Israel accord of 1993. Contrary to the conventional view that national liberation movements proceed withstate-building only after attaining independence, th...

Yezid Sayigh is Assistant Director of Studies at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge
Format:PaperbackDimensions:998 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:November 4, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198296436

ISBN - 13:9780198296430

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Searching for Palestine, 1949-66Chapter One: Why Palestinian Nationalism?Chapter Two: Palestinians in Arab UniformChapter Three: Rebirth of the Palestinian National MovementChapter Four: The WatershedChapter Five: Challenges of the Armed StrugglePart Two: Years of Revolution, 1967-72Chapter Six: Transforming Defeat into OpportunityChapter Seven: Carving Out the Guerrilla SanctuaryChapter Eight: Guerrilla War in Theory and PracticeChapter Nine: The Making of the Palestinian Political SystemChapter Ten: Dual PowerChapter Eleven: End of a MythChapter Twelve: InterregnumPart Three: State in Exile, 1973-82Chapter Thirteen: At the CrossroadsChapter Fourteen: The Lebanese CrisisChapter Fifteen: The Struggle for LebanonChapter Sixteen: Ambition Frustrated, Sanctuary PreservedChapter Seventeen: A Ceasefire, not a TruceChapter Eighteen: Rearguard ActionChapter Nineteen: The State-in-ExileChapter Twenty: Extending the State-in-Exile or Capturing It?Chapter Twenty-One: No Lull Before the StormChapter Twenty-Two: The Lebanon WarPart Four: Squaring the Circle: Statehood Into Autonomy, 1983-93Chapter Twenty-Three: Assaulting the State-in-Exile from WithinChapter Twenty-Four: Struggle Within, Struggle WithoutChapter Twenty-Five: Intifada to the RescueChapter Twenty-Six: The Road to OsloConclusion

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`Yezid Sayigh's magisterial study of the Palestinian armed struggle, ... This is a book of Tolstoyan scale, massive, detailed, across whose pages stride a complex cast of characters with multiple names. ... an encyclopaedic history of the Palestinian national movement after the 1948 war. ...An important political study of the role of the armed struggle in State formation critical for an understanding of the Palestinian National Authority today. ... Sayigh's account is balanced in all ways. His writing shows remarkable detachment and avoids partisanship. ... The narrative is also verybalanced in its coverage. There is no weak section to the book in which the documentation falls short of Sayigh's consistently high standard. The documentation confirms this book's standing as the definitive study of the Palestinian movement against which all subsequent works will be judged.'Eugene Rogan, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies