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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (14 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691150079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691150079
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Krmer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists. -- Abdel Razzaq Takriti, English Historical Review


The 400 years before the founding of the Jewish state is a historiographical minefield, but Kramer, a professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, manages to produce an illuminating survey of the terrain...Kramer's fluent narrative pairs a much-needed focus on facts--including useful data on contentious issues of population growth and land ownership--with an evenhanded avoidance of partisanship. -- Publishers Weekly


[Krmer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine. -- Jrgen Jensehaugen, Journal of Peace Research

The 400 years before the founding of the Jewish state is a historiographical minefield, but Kramer, a professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, manages to produce an illuminating survey of the terrain...Kramer's fluent narrative pairs a much-needed focus on facts--including useful data on contentious issues of population growth and land ownership--with an evenhanded avoidance of partisanship. -- "Publishers Weekly

[Kr mer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine.--J rgen Jensehaugen "Journal of Peace Research "

An excellent source for those desiring an understanding of the background to the present-day unrest in the region.--L. Edward Sizemore "Dallas Morning News "

This is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies on this increasingly popular field, and the book will be of much use to those teaching classes on Middle Eastern history, the history of the Ottoman Empire and Israel Studies. It will also prove useful in seminars on the construction of historical narratives, the connection between religion and nationalism, and processes of decolonialization.--Scott Ury "Religious Studies Review "

Gudrun Kramer's book, although its name is not attractive, is a very interesting, well written book, which can enrich even those who know the history of Palestine. For those who will use it as a first book on Palestine, it is a good starting place.--Gideon Biger "Shofar "

[T]his is the first serious biography of the mufti to appear in 14 years and only the fourth ever to appear in English. The authors should be encouraged to greatly expand their research for a much larger second edition. The first edition is already valuable for the dark tale it tells.--Marin Sieff "Sunday Times "

Kr mer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists.--Abdel Razzaq Takriti "English Historical Review "


We tend not to notice that Palestine existed as a territory before there was an Israel, and before there was a Palestinian national movement. Kr mer, professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, goes back to early 19th-century Egyptian rule, and then to the modernization undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, to situate the present in its historical context.
--Martin Levin "The Globe and Mail "


An excellent source for those desiring an understanding of the background to the present-day unrest in the region.
--L. Edward Sizemore "Dallas Morning News "


[Kr mer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine.
--J rgen Jensehaugen "Journal of Peace Research "


This is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies on this increasingly popular field, and the book will be of much use to those teaching classes on Middle Eastern history, the history of the Ottoman Empire and Israel Studies. It will also prove useful in seminars on the construction of historical narratives, the connection between religion and nationalism, and processes of decolonialization.
--Scott Ury "Religious Studies Review "


Kr mer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists.
--Abdel Razzaq Takriti "English Historical Review "


[T]his is the first serious biography of the mufti to appear in 14 years and only the fourth ever to appear in English. The authors should be encouraged to greatly expand their research for a much larger second edition. The first edition is already valuable for the dark tale it tells.
--Marin Sieff "Sunday Times "


Gudrun Kramer's book, although its name is not attractive, is a very interesting, well written book, which can enrich even those who know the history of Palestine. For those who will use it as a first book on Palestine, it is a good starting place.
--Gideon Biger "Shofar "


For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Kr mer's "A History of Palestine". A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant.
--Tim Boxer "15 Minutes Magazine "


[T]his is a comprehensive and readable account which should be useful to both students and scholars. Kr mer's insistence on confronting the historiographical dominance of 1882 is a valuable intervention, and her long view of the past gives today's conflict the wider historical context that too many commentators choose to overlook.
--Anna Bernard "Modernism/modernity "

We tend not to notice that Palestine existed as a territory before there was an Israel, and before there was a Palestinian national movement. Kramer, professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, goes back to early 19th-century Egyptian rule, and then to the modernization undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, to situate the present in its historical context.--Martin Levin "The Globe and Mail "

[Kramer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine.--Jorgen Jensehaugen "Journal of Peace Research "

Kramer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists.--Abdel Razzaq Takriti "English Historical Review "

For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Kramer's "A History of Palestine". A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant.--Tim Boxer "15 Minutes Magazine "

[T]his is a comprehensive and readable account which should be useful to both students and scholars. Kramer's insistence on confronting the historiographical dominance of 1882 is a valuable intervention, and her long view of the past gives today's conflict the wider historical context that too many commentators choose to overlook.--Anna Bernard "Modernism/modernity "

Gudrun Krmer, Winner of the 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gudrun Kr?mer, Winner of the 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, Gerda Henkel Foundation

"[Kr?mer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine."--J?rgen Jensehaugen, "Journal of Peace Research"

"Kr?mer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists."--Abdel Razzaq Takriti, "English Historical Review"


Gudrun Krmer, Winner of the 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, Gerda Henkel Foundation


"[Krmer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine."--Jrgen Jensehaugen, "Journal of Peace Research"


"Krmer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists."--Abdel Razzaq Takriti, "English Historical Review"


Gudrun KrAmer, Winner of the 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, Gerda Henkel Foundation

"[KrAmer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine."--JOrgen Jensehaugen, "Journal of Peace Research"

"KrAmer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists."--Abdel Razzaq Takriti, "English Historical Review"


Gudrun Kramer, Winner of the 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, Gerda Henkel Foundation
"

Gudrun Kramer, Winner of the 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, Gerda Henkel Foundation"

"The 400 years before the founding of the Jewish state is a historiographical minefield, but Kramer, a professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, manages to produce an illuminating survey of the terrain...Kramer's fluent narrative pairs a much-needed focus on facts--including useful data on contentious issues of population growth and land ownership--with an evenhanded avoidance of partisanship."--"Publishers Weekly"

"We tend not to notice that Palestine existed as a territory before there was an Israel, and before there was a Palestinian national movement. Kramer, professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, goes back to early 19th-century Egyptian rule, and then to the modernization undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, to situate the present in its historical context."--Martin Levin, "The Globe and Mail""

"An excellent source for those desiring an understanding of the background to the present-day unrest in the region."--L. Edward Sizemore, "Dallas Morning News"

"[Kramer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine."--Jorgen Jensehaugen, "Journal of Peace Research""

"This is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies on this increasingly popular field, and the book will be of much use to those teaching classes on Middle Eastern history, the history of the Ottoman Empire and Israel Studies. It will also prove useful in seminars on the construction of historical narratives, the connection between religion and nationalism, and processes of decolonialization."--Scott Ury, "Religious Studies Review"

"Kramer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . "A History of Palestine" is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists."--Abdel Razzaq Takriti, "English Historical Review""

"[T]his is the first serious biography of the mufti to appear in 14 years and only the fourth ever to appear in English. The authors should be encouraged to greatly expand their research for a much larger second edition. The first edition is already valuable for the dark tale it tells."--Marin Sieff, "Sunday Times"

"Gudrun Kramer's book, although its name is not attractive, is a very interesting, well written book, which can enrich even those who know the history of Palestine. For those who will use it as a first book on Palestine, it is a good starting place."--Gideon Biger, "Shofar"

"For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Kramer's "A History of Palestine." A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant."--Tim Boxer, "15 Minutes Magazine""

"[T]his is a comprehensive and readable account which should be useful to both students and scholars. Kramer's insistence on confronting the historiographical dominance of 1882 is a valuable intervention, and her long view of the past gives today's conflict the wider historical context that too many commentators choose to overlook."--Anna Bernard, "Modernism/modernity""

About the Author

Gudrun Kramer is professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Her books include "A History of Islam" and "The Jews in Modern Egypt".


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A history of Palestine that helped me better understand the current problems in Palestine/Israel. Not partisan. Well set out- lots of info but still quite readable. A good background to books such as The General's Son... by Miko Peled, and My Promised Land... by Ari Shavit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and highly readable history of the background to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 31 Aug. 2015
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There are many narratives of Palestine's history, particularly the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, many the product of partisan agendas.
The "facts" are known, not much new has been unearthed, and it is doubtful that future declassifying of documents will meaningfully change our understanding of the dynamics of the Conflict. Indeed, Gudrun Kramer's "A history of Palestine" makes good use of mostly secondary sources, English, German and Arabic, to clearly and plainly elucidate these dynamics. One need not be a Phi Beta Kappa to understand what took place in Palestine in the past 2 centuries that shaped the conflict as it unfolds today. Kramer's narrative is 'cerebral', objective and biting. It is equally critical of and sympathetic to the Palestinian Arabs and the Jewish 'Yishuv'. Those who are satisfied by beginning the history of the conflict in 1948 need to dwell on the Peel Commission Report, heavily quoted by Kramer; not too many books do the same. Kramer's book is a major contribution to the vast literature on the subject and a must read by anyone who wishes not to be lost in the weeds of misinformation and tendentious analysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars feeds my mind 3 Feb. 2016
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I love this book,its so informative and it just feeds my mind of relevant info I want
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