Why Palestinian Nationalism? The Social, Economic, and Political Context after 1948

Yezid Sayigh

in Armed Struggle and the Search for State

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296430
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191685224 | DOI:
Why Palestinian Nationalism? The Social, Economic, and Political Context after 1948

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The Palestine war of 1948 coincided with the initial phases of three historic processes affecting the entire Middle East in the aftermath of World War Two: the formation of independent national states, the emergence of a distinct Arab state system, and the replacement of colonial domination with US-Soviet rivalry. As these processes evolved, they increasingly interacted with one another, and it was this multidimensional dynamic that determined the decisions taken by the parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict regarding war and peace. This war left Palestinian society leaderless and disorganized. Its principal political institutions during the British mandate had been closely identified with key members of the old elite, and suffered their fate. The Palestinians evolved varying strategies of survival in adaptation to their disparate circumstances. Palestinian nationalist patriotism did, however, ultimately emerge as a dominant force.

Keywords: Palestine war; Middle East; World War Two; US-Soviet rivalry; Arab-Israeli conflict; Palestinian nationalist patriotism

Chapter.  11290 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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