By Tom Segev
Tom Segev’s acclaimed One Palestine, Complete and The 7th Million overturned approved perspectives of the heritage of Israel. Now, in 1967, he brings his masterful talents to the watershed yr while six days of conflict reshaped the rustic and the full region.
Going a ways past an army account, Segev re-creates the apocalyptic weather in Israel prior to the battle in addition to the country’s bravado after its victory. He introduces the mythical figures—Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson—and an epic forged of infantrymen, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He unearths as by no means sooner than Israel’s intimacy with the White condo, and the political rivalries that sabotaged any likelihood of peace. peculiarly, Segev demanding situations the view that the conflict was once inevitable, exhibiting that in the back of the bloodshed was once a chain of disastrous miscalculations.
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In the end, however, the source-critic, if he or she wants to write history, must present the evidence before the court of scholarly opinion, and thus becomes an advocate, attempting to present the evidence (and the case) as cogently as possible. It may indeed be an old-fashioned approach, but hardly one to be disdained. 1 The plains of Lower Macedonia, formed by the Axius (Vardar) and Haliacmon rivers, extend to the Thermaic Gulf; to these we may add the valleys of the Strymon and the Nestus, which came under Macedonian control as the kingdom began to dominate the north Aegean coast.
1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev