List of maps; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Maps; Introduction; 1. Background; 2. The first wave: the Arab exodus, December 1947–March 1948; 3. The second wave: the mass exodus, April–June 1948; 4. Deciding against a return of the refugees, April–December 1948; 5. Blocking a return; 6. The third wave: the ten days (9–18 July 1948) and the Second Truce (18 July–15 October); 7. The fourth wave: the battles and exodus of October–November 1948; 8. Clearing the borders: expulsions and population transfers, November 1948–July 1949; 9. Solving the refugee problem, December 1948–September 1949; Conclusion; Appendix I: The number of Palestinian refugees; Appendix II: Biographical notes; Notes; Bibliography; Index.