Fabricating Israeli history: the "new historians"
Frank Cass, 1997 - 210 עמודים
Israeli historiography has long been subjected to a sustained assault by self-styled 'new historians', vying to expose what they claim to be the distorted Zionist narrative of Israeli history and the Arab-Israeli conflict. They have cast Israel as the regional villain, bearing sole responsibility for the cycle of violence in the Middle East since 1946.
Fabricating Israeli History takes issue with these 'revisionists'. Through careful examination of the documentation that they have used, as well as of sources that the author believes they have either ignored or failed to trace, this book propounds that the historical facts tell a completely different story from the one they propagate. He suggests that, for the most part, the 'new historiography' has involved foul play. Numerous examples are studies in depth to illustrate the author's argument.
This is a thoroughly researched and detailed expose that will shock genuine students of history, politics and Middle Eastern affairs.
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Since the discovery of new facts and their organization in a way that will shed
fresh light on the past lies at the core of the historical investigation, any claim to a
new school of thought has to rest on a far more substantial scholarly contribution
But Shlaim' s claim that 'it was not the first time that Britain had heard about
Abdullah's contacts with the Jewish Agency, but it was the first time that the
Transjordanian government had asked for British advice on this matter' (p. 139) is
However intriguing, this thesis is totally misconceived. In fact, one need go no
further than Shlaim's concluding chapter to belie this fantastic claim: Britain was
careful not to get involved in active collusion with Abdullah in frustrating the