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Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History Of The Palestinians 1876-1948 Paperback – September 27, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Inst for Palestine Studies; First Ed. 1984 - 4th Printing 2010 edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887281443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887281440
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... a remarkable retrospective view .... Those who do not buy it will regret it later." --Ambassador Richard Parker, Journal of Palestine Studies, 1984

"... spans in considerable depth the tumultuous history of what used to be called the Holy Land...fascinating." --The Washington Post, 1984

"Fascinating pictures with definitive comments and chronologies." --Harvard Magazine, 1984

"... spans in considerable depth the tumultuous history of what used to be called the Holy Land...fascinating." --The Washington Post, 1984

"Fascinating pictures with definitive comments and chronologies." --Harvard Magazine, 1984

About the Author

Walid Khalidi, a distinguished historian and widely recognized authority on the Palestine question, was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. He is a graduate of the universities of Oxford and London, has been a research fellow at Princeton University, and has taught at Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard University. Khalidi is cofounder of both the Royal Scientific Society of Amman, Jordan and the Institute for Palestine Studies, which latter he has served as General Secretary since 1963. Khalidi has written extensively in Arabic and English on the regional and international politics of the Arab world. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Politique Enrangere, The New York Times, etc.

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It's a great book that I will keep forever.
"arabseadog"
This book documents by photos contradicting the myth : 'a land without poeple for people without a land' palestine was prosperous!
maram bata
A must read for those interested in history.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By "arabseadog" on July 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book really hits home, as a palestinian living in America, I am always bombarded with "facts" like we don't really exist, and that we were weak and stupid. This book shows that there was a noble, even if unsuccessful, fight for Palestine. I didn't know that during the time of the "Great Arab Revolt" of the late thirties, the british actually had to reoccupy lands held by brave Palestinian guerillas throughout the country. The book also has a ton of interesting pictures of the land and the native people. It's a great book that I will keep forever.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a moving book. Everyone interested in the Palestinian/Israel conflict should read it, and carefully watch its photographs. And think. Maybe afterwards the Palestinian view of the conflict starts to make a lot more sense than what is usually portrayed in the mainstream western media. This indispensable book deserves a much wider readership and should have been translated into the main european languages.
It is works of this kind that could start to change the hearts and minds of western peoples about one of the last conflicts originated by European colonialism, and to pave the way for a just and lasting solution to it.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I believe that the ME conflict is not coming to an end with the existance of a "Jewish" state on Arab land. This fact is omited in western media and litrature either as a result of lack of information or by delibrate actions by the supporters of Israel. This book simply illustrates that there were an original nation, a civilized one, living there. Those are the same people living in refugee camps and else where in the world. As you go through the book, especially for westerners, you will realize that the matter is not simply a conflict over an empty land or tribes of un civilized people, but people with roots, culture, and long history. It's an excelent documentation that is worth reading about the past to forcast the future.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the most beautiful book I have ever come across that depicts pre-1948 Palestine through photographs of the people and the, now destroyed, country.
It portrays the Palestinians as industrious, enlightened, and a richly creative people who had established a highly developed society that was destroyed by British colonialism and Zionist brutality.
It is remarkable how the pictures require little explanation. The author has provided a plethora of diverse photographs from several decades that show Palestine at its height of development and economic prosperity to its rapid decline caused at the hands of British greed and Zionist aggression.
This book is a must for anyone interested in looking at the rich history and developed society of pre-1948 Palestine. I highly suggest that anyone who wants to learn about a people who has been displaced for more than 50 yrs, should look at their history and look at how their lives were before colonialism and the forced rule of Israel.
This book should be of interest to anyone who is curious about pre-colonial societies in the Middle East and abroad. Let us not forget that colonized societies had a far richer history and socio-economic development then we can fathom today or are willing to acknowlege.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Giant Panda on July 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Zionist propaganda is typically based on the assumption that before the advent of the Zionist colonizers from Europe, Palestine was a desolate piece of land empty from but a few inhabitants. "Before Their Diaspora" presents a powerful collection of photographs from pre-1948 Palestine in order to dispel the Zionist claim. What we get as a result, however, is much more than a simple argument that "there were people in Palestine". We are transported to Palestine, and back in time, to nearly re-live the story of its inhabitants. We get to see these people's faces, join in on their weddings and celebrations, climb their trees with them to pick olives or oranges, and survey their blooming countryside and thriving cities. We get to see and feel a living nation of human beings, with roots and traditions as ancient as civilization itself.
A useful feature of this book is a thorough timeline at the beginning of each chapter, so we can follow their story and see how the arrival of more and more Zionist immigrants and the resulting conflict affected their lives. The book also provides extensive maps and statistics indicating the proportions of land and population, by region at each point in the story. Thus this book is as useful for the researcher as it is fascinating for the average reader wanting to know about Palestinians. I highly recommend getting this book along with "All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel", by the same author, which uses meticulous research and hundreds of photographs to show us the sad conclusion the 1948 war brought upon the people we get to meet in this book.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
It presents the Palestinians as real people, not as cartoon cut-outs. This book provides insight for a largely ignorant and deceived public on the structure and history of a surprisingly Western society now largely destroyed. Without books like this, history would never tell us about these people. A real gem, and a great conversation-starter.
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