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dc.contributor.authorWeiss, Lindsey
dc.description© 2016, The Journal of Global Affairs is the official student research publication of the Department of International and Area Studies in the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Correspondence may be sent to: Journal of Global Affairs, C/O CIS/DIAS, 729 Elm Avenue, Hester Hall 150, Norman, Oklahoma 73019, United States of America. Email:
dc.description.abstractThe 1948 War was a triumphant victory for the Jews of Israel and a tragic disaster for the Arabs of Palestine. The traditional Zionist rendition of the war, or “old” history, depicts Israel as a fledgling Jewish state heroically thrust into a survivalist fight for independence. Revisionist works of “new” history challenge these accounts, and reject Israel’s role as an innocent protagonist in the conflict. While there is extensive literature analyzing these conflicting narratives in depth, there exists a lack of academic writing that objectively compares the two accounts through the lens of specific historical events. This paper discusses the differences in new and old history in the context of the 1948 War, specifically focusing on the issues of the Arab-Israeli military balance, the motivation behind Arab war objectives, and the origins of the Palestinian refugee crisis. It concludes that no narrative has a complete monopoly of historical accuracy, and that it is necessary to consider information from both sides in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the 1948 War.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Journal of Global Affairs is published in conjunction with the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Journal of Global Affairs;Volume V
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dc.subjectHistory, Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949en_US
dc.subjectHistorical Narrativesen_US
dc.subjectArab War Objectivesen_US
dc.subjectArab-Israeli Military Balanceen_US
dc.subjectPalestinian Refugee Crisisen_US
dc.titleConflicting Narratives of the 1948 Waren_US

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