Following the historic Oslo Accords between the PLO and Israel, the future status of the Palestinian population living under Israeli occupation since 1967 has taken center stage. Effectively negotiated out of the agreement is the right of return or of compensation for almost four million Palestinians in exile. This book argues that because these Accords formally sever the Palestinians' historical claims from the present, it is crucial to understand the larger historical and ideological context in which the claims arose. In this broad and richly textured analysis, the authors examine the social, economic, and political development of the people of Palestine from the nineteenth century to the present
Includes bibliographical references (pages 348-361) and index
1. The Question of Palestine and the Palestinians -- 2. Before al-Nakbah: The Modern Social History of Palestine -- 3. The Road to al-Nakbah: The Palestine Mandate, 1917-1948 -- 4. After al-Nakbah: The Palestinian Diaspora, 1948-1993 -- 5. The Rise and Fall of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, 1948-1993 -- 6. Palestinian Resistance to Israeli Occupation: The Intifada -- 7. The PLO-Israel Accords and the Future of Palestine and the Palestinians -- 8. Epilogue: Whither Palestine and the Palestinians?