“Avi Shlaim’s essays on Israel and Palestine ought to be on Barack Obama’s reading list” – The Guardian
Avi Shlaim, author of Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations, will be opening the 13th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair tonight at 7pm. See full events listings below for more information:
AUTHOR EVENTS IN EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER AND LONDON:
- 19.00 / Wednesday 28th October: Avi Shlaim will be opening the 13th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-38 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
- 18.30 / Monday 9th November: Avi Shlaim will be giving The Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University, Lecture Theatre 5, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond Street West, off Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6LL.
Jocelyn Hurndall, Tom Hurndall’s mother, will also be speaking.
- 19.00 / Thursday 12th November: Avi Shlaim in conversation with Shlomo Sand, the author of The Invention of the Jewish People at The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ.
AVI SHLAIM – Fellow of St. Antony’s College and a Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. Avi Shlaim has personal experience of the Arab/Israeli conflict. He “served loyally in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s and… has never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders.” Born to Jewish parents in Baghdad, Shlaim’s family moved to Israel when he was a young boy. He moved to England to complete his schooling at the age of 16 but returned to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. He is now based at Oxford where he is a Professor of International Relations. Shlaim along with other members of the ‘New Historians’ – a group of Israeli historians who have challenged traditional Israeli assumptions about the creation of the state of Israel – have shed new light on Israel’s role in the Palestinian Exodus in 1948 and Arab willingness to discuss peace. The group gave impetus to ‘post-Zionism’ (a movement of Jewish Israelis who are critical of the Zionist enterprise) and includes renowned scholars such as Benny Morris and Ilan Pappe. With characteristic rigor and readability, Avi Shlaim reflects on a range of key issues, transformations and personalities in the Israel-Palestine conflict and places current events in their proper historical perspective. The essays in this book turn on three main watersheds: the creation of Israel in May 1948; the Six-Day War of 1967; and the Oslo Accord signed on 13 September 1993.