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Remembering Palestine in 1948: Beyond National Narratives (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

Remembering Palestine in 1948: Beyond National Narratives (Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare)

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Efrat Ben-Ze'ev
Cambridge University Press, 4/14/2011
EAN 9780521194471, ISBN10: 0521194474

Hardcover, 266 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

The war of 1948 in Palestine is a conflict whose history has been written primarily from the national point of view. This book asks what happens when narratives of war arise out of personal stories of those who were involved, stories that are still unfolding. Efrat Ben-Ze'ev examines the memories of those who participated and were affected by the events of 1948, and how these events have been mythologized over time. This is a three-way conversation between Palestinian villagers, Jewish-Israeli veterans, and British policemen who were stationed in Palestine on the eve of the war. Each has his or her story to tell. These small-scale truths shed new light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as it was then and as it has become.

Part I. Constructing Palestine
National Projects
1. The framework
2. The British cartographic imagination and Palestine
3. Cartographic practices in Palestine
British, Jewish, and Arabs, 1938–48
Part II. Palestine-Arabs Memories in the Making
4. 1948 from a local point of view
the Palestinian village of Ijzim
5. Rural Palestinian women
witnessing and the domestic sphere
6. Underground memories
collecting traces of the Palestinian past
Part III. Jewish-Israeli Memories in the Making
7. Palmach fighters
stories and silences
8. The Palmach women
Part IV. British Mandatory Memories in the Making
9. Carrying out the mandate
British policemen in Palestine
Conclusion and implications.