Historiography of Israel

ʻAdwan, Sami ʻAbd Ar-Razzaq, Dan Bar-On, and Eyal J. Naveh. Side by Side: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine. New York: New, 2012.

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

Bard, Mitchell Geoffrey. Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Chevy Chase, MD: American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, 2017.

Bickerton, Ian J. and Carla L. Klausner. A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. New York: Routledge, 2018.

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

Brog, David. Reclaiming Israel’s History: Roots, Rights, and the Struggle for Peace. Washington, DC: Regency, a Division of Salem Media Group, 2017.

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

Caplan, Neil. The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2020.

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

Farsoun, Samih K. Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History. New York: Routledge, 2018.

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.

Grabbe, Lester L. Ancient Israel: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?: Revised Edition. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.

Greenspahn, Frederick E., editor. Contemporary Israel: New Insights and Scholarship. NYU Press, 2016. 

Greilsammer, Ilan. “The Appropriation of the Israeli ‘New Historians’ Work by Anti-Zionists.” Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism: The Dynamics of Delegitimization, edited by Alvin Rosenfeld, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, (2019): 281–301.

Habib, Jasmin. Israel, Diaspora, and the Routes of National Belonging, Second Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

Kaiser, Walter C., Jr., and Paul D Wegner. A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016.

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.

Khalaf, Issa. Politics in Palestine: Arab Factionalism and Social Disintegration, 1939-1948. Albany: State U of New York, 1991.

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

Kramer, Martin S. The War on Error: Israel, Islam, and the Middle East. New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.): Transaction, 2016.

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.

Morris, Beni. Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001. New York: Vintage, 2001.

Morris, Benny. The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge: Cambridge U, 2009.

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

Pury, Albert De., Thomas Romer, and Jean-Daniel Macchi. Israel Constructs Its History: Deuteronomistic Historiography in Recent Research. Sheffield: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 2000.

Rabinovich, Itamar. The Road Not Taken: Early Arab-Israeli Negotiations. New York: Oxford UP, 1991.

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

Rotberg, Robert I. Israeli and Palestinian Narratives of Conflict: History’s Double Helix. Bloomington, IN: Indiana U, 2007.

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

Sayigh, Yezid. Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000.

Scham, Paul, et al. Shared Histories: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue. London: Routledge, 2016.

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

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.

Teveth, Shabtai. Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs: From Peace to War. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1985.

Wilson, Mary C. King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 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.

Elman, Miriam Fendius. “Jerusalem Studies: The State of the Field.” Israel Studies 21.3 (2016): 221-41. 

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.

Feige, Michael. “Passion and Territory In Israeli Historiography.” Israel Studies, 16: 1 (2011): 179-197.

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.

Golan, Galia. “The History of the Two-State Solution.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, 24 (2019): 129–37.

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.

Joffie, Alexander H., and Asaf Romirowsky. “A Tale of Two Galloways: Notes on the Early History of UNRWA and Zionist Historiography.” Middle Eastern Studies, 46: 5 (2010): 655-675.

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.

Khoury, Hind. “Between Now and Then: A More Realistic View of Palestinian History and Identity,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 22:2-3 (July 2017): 59–63.

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.

Likhovski, Assaf. “Post-Post-Zionist Historiography.” Israel Studies, 15:2 (2010): 1–23.

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.

Mann, Barbara E. “Tel Aviv After 100: Notes Toward a New Cultural History.” Jewish Social Studies, 16:2 (2010): 93-110.

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

Meir-Glitzenstein, Esther. “Turning Points in the Historiography of Jewish Immigration from Arab Countries to Israel.” Israel Studies, 23:3 (2018): 114-22. 

Morris, Benny. “The Liar as Hero.” The New Republic, March 17, 2011. https://newrepublic.com/article/85344/ilan-pappe-sloppy-dishonest-historian

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. “Historiosophical Foundations of the Historic Strife in Israel.” Journal of Israeli History, 20: 2-3 (2001): 43-61.

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.

Rudnitzky, Arik. “The Contemporary Historiographical Debate in Israel on Government Policies on Arabs in Israel During the Military Administration Period (1948-1966).” Israel Studies, 19: 1 (2014): 24-47.

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. “The Past is Not a Foreign Country.” The New Republic, 221: 22 (1999): 26-36.

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). 

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.

Stein, Leslie. “Rewriting Israel’s History.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 30: 1 (2011): 129-140.

Strombom, Lisa. “Identity Shifts and Conflict Transformation – Probing the Israeli History Debates.” Mediterranean Politics, 18: 1 (2013): 78-96.

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. 

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.