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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (13 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521174791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521174794
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The June 1967 war was a watershed in the history of the modern Middle East. In six days, the Israelis defeated the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian armies. Two veteran scholars of the Middle East bring together experts in their fields to reassess the origins and the legacies of the war.

About the Author

Wm Roger Louis is the Kerr Chair in English History and Culture at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the editor-in-chief of The Oxford History of the British Empire (5 volumes, 1999), A Revolutionary Year: The Middle East in 1958 (co-edited with Roger Owen, 2002), Ends of British Imperialism: The Scramble for Empire, Suez, and Decolonization (2006) and editor of Burnt Orange Britannia: Adventures in History and the Arts (2006).

Avi Shlaim is a Fellow at St Antony's College and Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is the author of many books, including The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (2001), The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948, Second Edition (2007), Lion of Jordan: King Hussein's Life in War and Peace (2007) and Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations (2009).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Germinal on 3 April 2012
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This is a new volume of essays on the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War, each one written by a specialist in his/her field.

How much new is there to say about the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War? Well, judging by this collection of essays the answer is not a great deal about the war itself. The new and interesting stuff relates more to the impact on Arab politics.

Avi Shlaim deals with Israel. Shlaim is intent, perhaps too intent, to stress that, for Israel, the war was not a war of choice nor was there an Israeli plot to cause a war whereby they could grab territory. However, once war started, the Israelis took the opportunity to grab territory. Shlaim is less than convincing in some of the evidence he presents in that he can find no evidence for a plan to grab territory and seems to not consider the possibility that, in the minds of Israeli soldiers, especially, and politicians there was a `default understanding' of the naturally defensible borders of Israel.

Laura James surveys Egypt. She shows a state in confusion with competing power centres and powerful individuals leading to discordant decision making. This, as opposed to Nasser's famous brinkmanship, is what she sees as the key feature of Egypt leading to the war.

David Lesch looks at Syria with its neo-Ba'th regime and its quite reckless radicalism that was guaranteed to provoke Israel. Still, it's quite clear that Syria didn't want a war and it seems quite possible that the Syrian regime believed that the USSR would protect it.

Avi Shlaim examines Jordan.
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