The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of…

Paperback | January 15, 2015

byPaul Thomas Chamberlin

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On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory thattransformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere.In The Global Offensive, historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context. After defeat in the 1967 war, the crushing of a guerrilla campaign on the West Bank, and the attack on al-Karama, Arafat and hisfellow guerilla fighters opened a global offensive aimed at achieving national liberation for the Palestinian people. In doing so, they reinvented themselves as players on the world stage, combining controversial armed attacks, diplomacy, and radical politics. They forged a network of nationalistrevolutionaries, making alliances with South African rebels, Latin American insurrectionists, and Vietnamese Communists. They persuaded the United Nations to take up their agenda, and sent Americans and Soviets scrambling as these stateless forces drew new connections across the globe. "TheVietnamese and Palestinian people have much in common," General Vo Nguyen Giap would tell Arafat, "just like two people suffering from the same illness." Richard Nixon's views mirrored Giap's: "You cannot separate what happens to America in Vietnam from the Mideast or from Europe or any place else."Deftly argued and based on extensive new research, The Global Offensive will change the way we think of the history of not only the PLO, but also the Cold War and international relations since.

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On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory thattransformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowe...

Paul Chamberlin is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:338 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Palestine Liberation and the Dawn of the Post-Cold War Era1. The Struggle against Oppression Everywhere2. The Storm3. Nixon, Kissinger, and the Terror of a Post-Imperial World4. The Jordanian Civil War5. A Worldwide Interlocking Terrorist Network6. "The Torch Has Been Passed From Vietnam To Us"7. The Diplomatic StruggleConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A major contribution to understanding US foreign policy since WWII, not only in the Middle East, but also in the context of the Cold War and national liberation movements. Summing Up: Highly recommended." --CHOICE