Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre FiliuGaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu

Gaza: A History

byJean-Pierre Filiu

Paperback | December 15, 2016

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Gaza has become synonymous with conflict and dispute. Though only slightly larger than Omaha, Nebraska, at 140 square miles, the small territory of Gaza has been a hot spot for bitter disputes between sparring powers for millennia, from the Ancient Egyptians up until the British Empire andeven today.Wedged between the Negev and Sinai deserts on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, Gaza was contested by the Pharaohs, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Fatimids, Mamluks, Crusaders, and Ottomans. Then in 1948, 200,000 people sought refuge in Gaza - a marginal area neitherIsrael nor Egypt wanted. It is here that Palestinian nationalism grew and sprouted into a dream of statehood, a journey much filled with strife.Though small in size, Gaza's history is nothing short of monumental. Jean-Pierre Filiu's Gaza is the first complete history of the territory in any language. Beginning with the Hyksos in 18th century BC, Filiu takes readers through modern times and the ongoing disputes of the region, ending withwhat may be in store for the future.
Jean-Pierre Filiu is Professor of Middle East Studies, Sciences Po, Paris; author of The Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising (OUP 2011), and From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy (OUP 2015).
Title:Gaza: A HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:December 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019062308X

ISBN - 13:9780190623081

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"In this thoroughly researched, comprehensive, and deftly written historical account of the Gaza Strip beginning with the Hyksos from 18th century BCE and extending to the present, Filiu... has arguably written the best book on Gaza's history. He shows the historical intricacies betweenpolitical and military developments and how such processes have shaped the Arab-Israeli conflict. [...] A must read for students and scholars of the modern Middle East, and anyone who wants to understand Palestinian history." --Choice