The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: The International Bestseller

The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: The International Bestseller

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One of the 'Five Best Books to understand the Israel-Palestine Conflict', as chosen by the Guardian

Shortlisted for the 2020 Cundill History Prize

A Granta Book of the Year 2023

'This cogent and compelling Palestinian perspective is long overdue' Guardian

'Riveting and original ... a work enriched by solid scholarship, vivid personal experience, and acute appreciation of the concerns and aspirations of the contending parties in this deeply unequal conflict ' Noam Chomsky

The twentieth century for Palestine and the Palestinians has been a century of denial: denial of statehood, denial of nationhood and denial of history. The Hundred Years War on Palestine is Rashid Khalidi's powerful response. Drawing on his family archives, he reclaims the fundamental right of any people: to narrate their history on their own terms.

Beginning in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, Khalidi reveals nascent Palestinian nationalism and the broad recognition by the early Zionists of the colonial nature of their project. These ideas and their echoes defend Nakba - the Palestinian term for the establishment of the state of Israel - the cession of the West Bank and Gaza to Jordan and Egypt, the Six Day War and the occupation. Moving through these critical moments, Khalidi interweaves the voices of journalists, poets and resistance leaders with his own accounts as a child of a UN official and a resident of Beirut during the 1982 seige. The result is a profoundly moving account of a hundred-year-long war of occupation, dispossession and colonialisation.


ISBN: 9781781259344
AUTHOR: Rashid Khalidi
BINDING: Paperback
PAGES: 336 pages
DIMENSIONS: 12.9 x 2.13 x 19.8 cm
PUBLISHER: Profile Books


Professor Rashid I. Khalidi is a Palestinian American historian and the Edward Said professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University where he also serves as the director of the Middle East institute. He is the editor of the Journal of Palestine. His previous books include Palestinian Identity, the Iron Cage, and Brokers of Deceit.

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