Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-7184-5 • Hardback • August 2016 • $212.00 • (£165.00)
978-1-4422-7185-2 • eBook • August 2016 • $191.00 • (£148.00)
Bernard Reich is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. He is author and editor of numerous books and articles focusing primarily on the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and U.S. Middle East policy.
David H. Goldberg was, for many years, director of research and education for the Canada-Israel Committee in Toronto and taught Political Science at York University. He is author and editor of several publications on Israel, the Middle East, Israel-Diaspora relations and Canada’s Middle East policy.
Editor’s Foreword Jon Woronoff
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix A: Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel
Appendix B: Leaders, Governments, and Population
About the Authors
The third edition of this historical dictionary by political scientists Reich and Goldberg is more than twice as long as the first, written in 1992 by Reich alone. Now featuring more than 1,100 cross-referenced entries on ‘significant people, places, events, government institutions, political institutions, and battles,’ it includes revisions of earlier entries, and important social, cultural, and economic topics have been added. In the 24 years between editions, Israel has experienced significant growth and changes in all aspects of its society as well as such pivotal political developments as the Oslo Accords, which impacted Israel's diplomatic relations worldwide. Events such as the 2000 second intifada, the rise of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, multiple border wars, and the many new political movements and personalities that characterize the intervening years are all essential factors in Israel's evolving identity…. As a reference work, it presents only essential facts and definitions, but the extensive bibliography offers a broad selection of literature for further investigation. The addition of a country map to the new edition is helpful….
Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.
— Choice Reviews
[R]eaders will be impressed by the author’s extensive knowledge of the complexities of Israeli politics…. But, the authors have not neglected to cover economic and cultural matters, some of which may come as a surprise to non-specialists…. The Historical Dictionary of Israel is full of useful information which will assist readers studying that remarkable and controversial country….
— Reference Reviews