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Israel Since the Six-Day War: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow



Israel Since the Six-Day War: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow

Leslie Stein

ISBN: 978-0-745-68735-3 August 2014 Polity 456 Pages


Completing his acclaimed trilogy on the history of Israel, Leslie Stein brings readers right up to contemporary events in Israel Since the Six-Day War. Stein vividly chronicles Israel's wars and military engagements, but he also incorporates fascinating assessments of many other issues, including Israel’s economic development, the nature of the PLO and Palestinian Authority, and Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. Furthermore, Stein explores broader social issues, such as extremist Jewish movements and the varying fortunes of migrants from Russia and Ethiopia, to convey clearly a sense of the diversity and complexity of modern Israel.

Wide-ranging and judicious, Stein's cogent and compellingly readable account of Israel’s recent past will engage students and general readers alike.


Chapter 1 The Early Aftermath of the Six Day War

Chapter 2 The War of Attrition and the Prelude to the Yom Kippur War

Chapter 3 The Yom Kippur War

Chapter 4 Major Events over the years 1974-1979

Chapter 5 The Decade of the 1980’s

Chapter 6 The Fateful 1990’s

Chapter 7 The al Aqsa Intifada

Chapter 8 Beyond the al-Aqsa Intifada

Chapter 9 Social and Economic Developments


Appendix: General Election Results

“Leslie Stein, professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, in this lucid, learned and authoritative study of modern Israel, debunks the contention that the searing Arab-Israeli conflict is premised over conflicting territorial claims.”
> “Stein chronicles Israel’s wars and con flicts, but also vividly portrays its achievements. Despite threats to its survival, its adherence to liberal-democratic ideals remains intact. Despite its size its literary figures and scientists are regular recipients of Nobel Prizes. It boasts the highest density of start-up companies in the world with more listed on the New York NASDAQ exchange than all of Europe. This is an invaluable study of this intriguing nation.”
"Stein’s narrative is highly readable, and provides good behind-the-scenes context to the many pivotal events dotting Israel’s history."
International Politics Reviews

"This lucid, learned and authoritative study of modern Israel, debunks the contention that the searing Arab-Israeli conflict is premised over conflicting territorial claims. It is an invaluable study of this intriguing nation." 

"This is a clearly written, objective look at Israel today in all of its complexity and diversity. Anyone interested in modern history will learn a great deal by reading it."
Jewish Book Council

"This book, in completing the author’s trilogy on the history of Israel, deals with the events, both domestic and foreign, that accompanied the Jewish state from 1967 until the present. Through the use of well-researched, concise and autonomous chapters, Leslie Stein has produced a book that both combines an increasingly infrequent amalgamation of history and analysis, and succeeds in maintaining the interest of the reader throughout."
International Affairs

"Stein’s masterful account of Israel’s history since the Six-Day War is well worth reading. Novices wishing to get a firmer understanding of the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as those well versed in the subject stand to gain immeasurably by adding this well-researched, scholarly text to their collections."
Frontpage Magazine

"Stein provides a detailed analysis of Israel’s wars, as well as Palestinian terrorist attacks, since 1967, with brilliant anecdotal information about the key players involved,and the impact of major historical events on the social and political fabric of Israel."
Canadian Institute for Jewish Research

"Of the making of books on Israel there is no end, but it is refreshing to read a new book, Israel since the Six-Day War, written by Leslie Stein. It provides an up-to-date broad survey,  precisely and clearly written, of the struggle of Israel to overcome the Arab aggression against it."
The American Thinker

"Stein gives a thrillerish (sic) outline of the difficulties faced by the fledgling state of Israel. For an Irish reader it can be bracing to come across an account of the last 40 years of conflict which is resolutely skeptical about the Palestinian cause."
Irish Examniner

"Stein's book distinguishes itself clearly from the larger number of books on this topic ... by reading the history of Israel from 1967 to today as the struggle of the Jewish State for its survival in a ferociously hostile environment."
Patrizia Carratta, University of Salento

"This account of Israel in war and peace during these difficult times is exceptional. Professor Stein treats Israel’s successes and its failures with equal care, and brings massive evidence to support his judgments. He has taken to heart the ground rule of historiography, which is to describe things as they really are. This has to be the beginning of wisdom where the Middle East is concerned."
David Pryce-Jones, former senior editor of National Review, former literary editor of the Financial Times and of the Spectator and author of The Closed Circle

"Beautifully written, informative and authoritative, this book is a little treasure that ought to be read by all those interested in Israel and the Middle East."
Ahron Bregman, Kings College London

"Leslie Stein's book on the history of Israel since 1967 is a thorough, comprehensive and well documented study embracing the political, intellectual, economic, military and social history of the country. With a deep understanding of the issues at hand, Stein has produced the most up to date general survey of Israel's contemporary history with the added bonus that it is written in a fluent and pleasing style."
Raphael Israeli, Professor at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem

"With this volume Leslie Stein completes his impressive trilogy on Israel’s remarkable rebirth, bringing the story to the present. Focusing on the international dimension since 1967, Stein gets under the surface and provides reasoned explanation rather than simple dry facts. Israeli perspectives - emphasis on the plural - have seldom been as well delineated. Above all, Stein tells the story with exemplary clarity and exceptional readability, making this a book to be enthusiastically recommended to both general readers and students."
Alan Dowty, Emeritus Professor at the University of Notre Dame

"A historically tense book. After all, no country in the world other than Israel lives among enemies united only to destroy it. Leslie Stein’s narrative is intricate and also clearheaded. It is the clear-headedness of Zion’s leaders against whom politicians and diplomats lodge all kinds of complaints. But we are coming to realize that the Arab orbit around Israel is a disaster, and peace with it more of a risk than an opportunity. This is not just a devastating chronicle. It is an enhancing revelation."
Martin Peretz, former long-standing editor-in-chief of The New Republic

"This is a must-read piece that will be of interest not only to scholars but also to a non-academic audience. This is a recommended publication for anyone wishing to study the history and politics of Israel."
Political Studies Review