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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Indeed, the upsurge of new histories would not have been possible without the
declassification of the official government documents.53 Much as it is pretentious,
this archaic 'fetishism of facts', to paraphrase the eminent British historian E.H. ...
First, the declassification of documents does not, in and of itself, guarantee fresh
information that will alter one's perception of past events in any major, or even
minor way; it may well be that the documentary crop of some years will be rather
In his view, this charge 'represents almost the exact opposite of the historical truth
as it emerges from the British, Arab, and Israeli documents'.2 Far from being 'the
great ogre who unleashed the Arab armies to strangle the Jewish State at birth' ...