Gaza

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The story of the struggle to control Gaza, from the mid-19th century to the present.

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Through its millennium-long existence, Gaza has often been bitterly disputed while simulta–neously and paradoxically enduring prolonged neglect. Jean-Pierre Filiu’s book is the first com–prehensive history of Gaza in any language. Squeezed between the Negev and Sinai deserts on the one hand and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, Gaza was contested by the Pharaohs, the Persians, the Greeks, the Ro–mans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Fatimids, the Mamluks, the Crusaders and the Ottomans. Napoleon had to secure it in 1799 to launch his failed campaign on Palestine. In 1917, the Brit–ish Empire fought for months to conquer Gaza, before establishing its mandate on Palestine. In 1948, 200,000 Palestinians sought refuge in Gaza, a marginal area neither Israel nor Egypt wanted. Palestinian nationalism grew there, and Gaza has since found itself at the heart of Palestinian history. It is in Gaza that the fedayeen movement arose from the ruins of Arab national–ism. It is in Gaza that the 1967 Israeli occupation was repeatedly challenged, until the outbreak of the 1987 intifada.And it is in Gaza, in 2007, that the dream of Palestinian statehood appeared to have been shattered by the split between Fatah and Hamas. The endurance of Gaza and the Palestinians make the publication of this history both timely and significant.

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Weight0.568 kg
Dimensions21.6 × 13.8 × 3.3 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

xiv, 422

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

953.1 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K