Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Essential Reference Guide

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Essential Reference Guide

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Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Essential Reference Guide. Ed. by Priscilla Roberts. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 377 p. Acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-61069-067-6). E-book (978-1-61069-068-3) available, call for pricing.

The Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the most emotion-laden, controversial phenomena in modern history. Too often, the way that American students learn about the Arab-Israeli conflict is through propaganda spread through social media channels, faculty with political agendas, or campus rallies siding with one faction or the other. Educators have an ethical responsibility to provide foundational information about this conflict in a straightforward, neutral manner, ideally from a concise, authoritative source. Dr. Priscilla Roberts' reference guide to the Arab-Israeli conflict can easily fill this niche.

Roberts is a history professor at the University of Hong Kong specializing in twentieth-century international history, Asian-Western relations, and Anglo-American foreign policy Her research background gives her the required context to present information about the Arab-Israeli conflict in an objective, factual manner. The list of contributors selected to collaborate on this publication include researchers of history, criminal justice, military history, international studies, and Middle Eastern studies.

This single compact volume--a condensed version of the massive four volume Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History edited by Spencer and Roberts (ABC-CLIO, 2008)--contains four sections. First, Roberts lays out a general overview of the Arab-Israeli conflict, its causes, and its consequences. …

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