Enemies and Neighbors by Ian Black

Enemies and Neighbors

In Enemies and Neighbors, Ian Black, who has spent over three decades covering events in the Middle East and is currently a fellow at the London School of Economics, offers a major new history of the Arab-Zionist conflict from 1917 to today, published on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Laying the historical groundwork in the final decades of the Ottoman era, when the first Zionist settlers arrived in the Holy Land, Black draws on a wide...

Details Enemies and Neighbors

TitleEnemies and Neighbors
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherAtlantic Monthly Press/Grove Atlantic, Inc.
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Cultural, Israel

Reviews Enemies and Neighbors

  • 'Aussie Rick'
    I recently finished reading Ian Black’s book; Enemies and Neighbours, which is a history of the Arab-Zionist conflict from 1917 till 2017, one hundred years of historical events after the Balfour Declaration. For those not aware of its contents this is the Balfour Declaration as set down by the British government in 1917:His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will u...
  • Antenna
    The victims of "Control+Alt+Delete" - wry humour under occupationThis is a timely explanation of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the centenary year of the infamous glib Balfour Declaration in which the foreign secretary of what was then a major imperial power casually and irresponsibly promised the clearly irreconcilable goals of both establishing Palestine as a national home for the Jewish people and protecting from adverse resultant effects the ex...
  • Will A
    An acceptable introduction to the history of the conflict. But for depth, I recommend:Goldberg, 'To the Promised Land' on the history of Zionist ideology;Kimmerling, 'The Palestinian People' on the development of Palestinian nationhood;Palumbo, 'The Palestinian Catastrophe' on the Nakba/War of Independence;Nathan, 'The Other Side of Israel' on the Arab-Israelis;and Blumenthal, 'Goliath' on contemporary Israel.
  • Ronin2
    I was looking for an an impartial analysis of the Arab Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Though touted as such, this is not it. The book is clearly pro Palestinian; not surprising coming from a former Guardian writer. I did enjoy the book's historical structure and the writing is good though the bias hard to take at times. For the pre-mandate period, I recommend “Lawrence in Arabia” by Scott Anderson. For the mandate period, I recommend “One Pa...