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Gaza: A History

2015 winner
Gaza: A History
Publisher: Hurst Publishers
Published Date: 01 June 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1849045490

This is the first comprehensive history of Gaza in any language, a region that for millennia has been bitterly disputed - from the Pharaohs and Persians, to the Crusaders and Ottomans - while has simultaneously endured prolonged neglect.

In 1948, 200,000 Palestinians sought refuge in Gaza, a marginal area neither Israel nor Egypt wanted. Palestinian nationalism grew there, and Gaza has since found itself at the heart of Palestinian history. It is in Gaza that the Fedayeen movement arose from the ruins of Arab nationalism. It is in Gaza that the 1967 Israeli occupation was repeatedly challenged, until the outbreak of the 1987 intifada. And it is in Gaza, in 2007, that the dream of Palestinian statehood appeared to have been shattered by the split between Fatah and Hamas. The endurance of Gaza and the Palestinians makes the publication of this history both timely and significant.

Winner of the Palestine Book Awards 2015: Academic Prize

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Reviewed by: Diana Alghoul

Written by historian Jean Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle East Studies at Paris School of International Affairs, this book gives an in-depth account of Gaza’s ancient history and shows that many people have sought to occupy it over millennia. Professor Filiu puts the history of Gaza into the context of its geographic significance, which...

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The 2017 Shortlist

  • Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
  • Code Name: Butterfly
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • The Oslo Accords
  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements

Past Winners

  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
  • I Remember My Name
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
  • Imperial Perceptions: British influence and power in late Ottoman times
  • Gaza: A History
  • Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation
  • The Palestinians: Photographs of a Land and its People from 1839 to the Present Day
  •  The Battle for Justice in Palestine
  • Refugees of Revolution: Experiences of Exile
  • The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948