Historiography of Israel


Banks, Diane. Writing the History of Israel. New York: T & T Clark, 2006.

Boda, Mark J., and Lissa M. Wray Beal. Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography.

Butt, Gerald. The tiabs: Myths and Reality. London: 1997.

Dinur, Ben Zion, Israel and the Diaspora, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1969.

Flapan, Simha. The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities. New York: Pantheon, 1988.

Finkelstein, Norman G. Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. London: Verso, 2003.

Gelber, Yoav. Nation and History: Israeli Historiography between Zionism and Post-Zionism. London: Vallentine Mitchell, 2011.

Gershoni, I., Amy Singer, and Y. Hakan Erdem. Middle East Historiographies: Narrating the Twentieth Century. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.

Ḳalai, Zekharyah. Studies in Biblical Historiography and Geography: Collection of Studies. Frankfurt Am Main: Peter Lang, 2010.

Karsh, Ephraim. Fabricating Israeli History: The “New Historians, Second Revised Edition.” London: Frank Cass, 1997.

Knoppers, Gary N., and Kenneth A. Ristau. Community Identity in Judean Historiography: Biblical and Comparative Perspectives. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009.

Lewis, Bernard. History: Remembered, Recovered, Invented. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Long, V. Philips. Israel’s past in Present Research: Essays on Ancient Israelite Historiography. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1999.

Meyers, David N. “Was there a Jerusalem School’: An Inquiry into the First Generation of Historical Research at the Hebrew University,” in Jonathan Frankel, ed., Studies in Contemporary Jewry: New York and Oxford, 1994.

Moore, Megan Bishop, and Brad E. Kelle. Biblical History and Israel’s Past: The Changing Study of the Bible and History. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Company, 2011.

Naʼaman, Nadav. Ancient Israel’s History and Historiography: The First Temple Period : Collected Essays. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2006.

Rogan, Eugene L. and Avi Shlaim. The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948, Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Sasson, Jack M. Hebrew Origins: Historiography, History, Faith of Ancient Israel. Hong Kong: Theology Division, Chung Chi College, CUHK, 2002.

Shahak, Israël. Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years. London: Pluto, 1994. Print.

Shapira, Anita and Derek J. Penslar (eds.) Israeli Historical Revisionism: From Left to Right. London: Routledge, 2002.

Shlaim, Avi. Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations. London: Verso, 2009.

Silberstein, Lawrence J. New Perspectives on Israeli History: The Early Years of the State. New York: New York University Press, 1991.

Smith, Simon C. (ed.) Reassessing Suez 1956: New Perspectives on the Crisis and its Aftermath. London: Ashgate, 2008.

S. I. Troen and M. Shemesh (eds.) The Suez-Sinai Crisis 1956: Retrospective and Reappraisal. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.


Abdel-Nour, Farid “Responsibility and National Memory: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem,” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 17:3 (Spring 2004): 339-363.

Aronson, Shlomo. “The Post-Zionist Discourse and Critique of Israel: A Traditional Zionist Perspective,” Israel Studies, 8:1 (2003): 105-129.

Beck, Peter J. “The Less Said About Suez the Better: British Governments and the Politics of Suez’s History, 1956-67,” English Historical Review, 124 (2009): 605-640.

Bialer, Uri. “Top Hat, Tuxedo and Cannons: Israeli Foreign Policy From 1948 to 1956 as a Field of Study,” Israel Studies, 7:1 (2002): 1-80.

Caplan, Neil. “The ‘New Historians,’” Journal of Palestine Studies 24:4 (1995): 96-103.

Caplan, Neil.  “Zionism and the Arabs: Another Look at the ‘New Historiography,” Journal of Contemporary History, 36:2 (2001): 345-360.

Esber, Rosemarie M. “Rewriting the History of 1948: The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Question Revisited,” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 4:1 (2005): 55-72.

Finkelstein, Norman. “Myths, Old and New,” Journal of Palestine Studies, 21:1 (1991): 66-89.

Finkelstein, Norman. “Rejoinder to Benny Morris,” Journal of Palestine Studies, 21:2 (1992): 61-71.

Friling, Tuvia. “The New Historians and the Failure of Rescue Operations During the Holocaust,” Israel Studies, 8:3 (2003):25-64.

Gaujac, Paul. “France and the Crisis of Suez: An Appraisal, Forty Years On,” in David Tal (ed.) The 1956 War Collusion and Rivalry in the Middle East, London: Frank Cass, 2001.

Huneidi, Sahar. “Was the Balfour Declaration Reversible? The Colonial Office and Palestine, 1921-23,” Journal of Palestine Studies, 27:2 (1998): 23-41.

Jacobson, David C. “Writing and Rewriting the Zionist National Narrative: Responses to the Arab Revolt of 1936-1939 in Kibbutz Passover Haggadot,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 6: 1 (2007): 1-20.

Kadish, Alon and Avraham Sela. “Historiography of the 1948 Palestine War Revisited: The Case of Lydda,” Middle East Journal, 59:4 (2005): 617-634.

Karsh, Ephraim. “Benny Morris’ Reign of Error, Revisited,” The Middle East Quarterly, 12:2 (Spring 2005): 31-42.

Karsh, Ephraim. “The Collusion that Never Was: King Abdallah, the Jewish Agency and the Partition of Palestine,” Journal of Contemporary History, 34: 4 (1999): 569-585.

Karsh, Ephraim. “Rewriting Israel’s History,” Middle East Quarterly, 3:2 (1996): 19-29.

Khalidi, Rashid. “The Palestinians and 1948: the Underlying Causes of Failure,” in Eugene L. Rogan and Avi Shlaim (ed.)  The War for Palestine Rewriting the History of 1948, Cambridge University Press, 2001: 12-36.

Kimmerling, Baruch. “History Caught in the Cross-Fire: The Case of Israeli-Jewish Historiography,” History and Memory, 7:1 (1995): 41-65.

Kramer, Martin, “What Happened at Lydda?” Mosaic, July 2014,


(Responses by Efraim Karsh and Benny Morris)

Litvak, Meir. “A Palestinian Past: National Construction and Reconstruction.” History and Memory, 6:2 (Fall/Winter 1994):24-56.

Maissy-Noy, Rachel. “Palestinian Historiography in Relation to the Territory of Palestine.” Middle Eastern Studies, 42: 6 (2006): 889-905.

Masalha, Nur. “A Critique of Benny Morris,” Journal of Palestine Studies, 21:1 (1991): 90-97

Morris, Benny. “The New Historiography: Israel Confronts Its Past,” Tikkun, 3: 6 (1988) 19-23, 98-101.

Morris, Benny. “Response to Finkelstein and Masalha,” Journal of Palestine Studies, 21:1 (1991): 98-114.

Morris, Benny. “The Eel and History: A Reply to Shabtai Teveth,” Tikkun, 5:1 (1990): 19-22, 79-86.

Morris, Benny. “Revisiting the Palestinian Exodus of 1948,” in Eugene L. Rogan and Avi Shlaim (eds.) The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948, Cambridge University Press, 2001: 37-59.

Myers, David. “History as Ideology: The case of Ben Zion Dinur, Zionist Historian ‘par excellence,’” Modern Judaism, 8:2 (1988): 167-93.

Nets-Zehngut, Rafi. “Israeli Approved Textbooks and the 1948 Palestinian Exodus,” Israel Studies, 18:3 (Fall 2013): 41-68.

Nets-Zehngut, Rafi. “Origins of the Palestinian Refugee Problem: Changes in the Historical Memory of Israelis/Jews 1949-2004,” Journal of Peace Research, 48: 2 (2011): 235-248.

Pappé, Ilan. “The Vicissitudes of the 1948 Historiography of Israel,” Journal of Palestine Studies, 39: 1 (2009): 6-23.

Pappé, Ilan. “Humanizing the Text: Israeli ‘New History’ and the Trajectory of the 1948 Historiography,” Radical History Review, 86 (2003): 102-121.

Pappe, Ilan. “The New History of Zionism: The Academic and Public Confrontation,” Kivunim: A Journal of Zionism and Judaism, 8:45 (1995): 39-48.

Pappé, Ilan. “Zionist Historiography, Old and New: Review Article,” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 4:2 (2005): 91-95.

Penslar, Derek Jonathan. “Innovation and Revisionism in Israeli Historiography,” History and Memory, 7:1 (1995): 125-46.

Ram, Uri. “Zionist Historiography and the Invention of Modern Jewish Nationhood: The Case of Ben Zion Dinur,” History & Memory, 7:1 (Spring/Summer 1995): 91-124.

Ram, Uri. “Ways of Forgetting: Israel and the Obliterated Memory of the Palestinian Nakba,” Journal of Historical Sociology, 22:3 (2009): 366-395.

Renton, James. “The Historiography of the Balfour Declaration: Toward a Multi-causal Framewor,” Journal of Israeli History, 19 (1998): 108-128.

Sela, Avraham. “Arab Historiography of the 1948 War: The Quest for Legitimacy,” in Laurence J. Silberstein (ed.) New Perspectives on Israeli History, New York University Press, 1991: 124-154.

Sela, Avraham. “Transjordan, Israel, and the 1948 War: Myth, Historiography and Reality,” Middle Eastern Studies, 28: 4 (1992): 623-658.

Shapira, Anita. “History, Memory and Identity,” in Cohen, Stuart A and Milton Shain (ed.),  Israel Culture Religion and Society 1948-1998, Jewish Publications South Africa, 2000, 6-22.

Shapira, Anita. “The Bible and Israeli Identity,” American Jewish Society Review, 28:1 (2004): 11-42.

Shapira, Anita, and Ora Wiskind-Elper. “Politics and Collective Memory: The Debate over the “New Historians” in Israel,” History and Memory, 7:1 (1995): 9-40.

Shlaim, Avi. “The Debate about 1948,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 27: 3, (1995): 287-304.

Silberstein, Laurence J. “Post Zionism: A Critique of Israel’s Zionist Discourse.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics, and Culture, 9:2 (2002). http://www.pij.org/details.php?id=151

Stein, Kenneth W. “A Historiographic Review of Literature on the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” The American Historical Review, 96: 5 (December 1991): 1450-1465.

Stein, Kenneth. ”The Study of Middle Eastern History in the United States,” Jerusalem Quarterly, 46 (Spring 1988):49-64.

Teveth, Shabtai. “Charging Israel with Original Sin,” Commentary, 88 (September 1989): 24-33.

Teveth, Shabtai. “The Palestinian Arab Refugee Problem and Its Origins,”

(Review Article), Middle Eastern Studies, 26: 2 (April 1990): 214-249.

Troen, S. Ilan. “De-Judaizing the Homeland: Academic Politics in Rewriting the History of Palestine.” Israel Affairs, 13:4 (2007): 872-884.

Wurmser, Meyrav. “Post-Zionism and the Sephardi Question,” The Middle East Quarterly, 12:2 (Spring 2005):21-30. http://www.meforum.org/707/post-zionism-and-the-sephardi-question

Zecharia Kallai. “The Patriarchal Boundaries, Canaan and the Land of Israel: Patterns and Application in Biblical Historiography,” Israel Exploration Journal, 47: 1/2 (1997): 69-82.

Zerubavel, Yael. ““Numerical Commemoration” and the Challenges of Collective Remembrance in Israel, History and Memory, 26:1 (Spring/Summer 2014): 5-38.