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By Jean-Pierre Filiu

Gaza has turn into synonymous with clash and dispute. notwithstanding in basic terms a bit greater than Omaha, Nebraska, at a hundred and forty sq. miles, the small territory of Gaza has been a scorching spot for sour disputes among sparring powers for millennia, from the traditional Egyptians up until eventually the British Empire or even today.

Wedged among the Negev and Sinai deserts on one part and the Mediterranean Sea at the different, Gaza was once contested through the Pharaohs, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Fatimids, Mamluks, Crusaders, and Ottomans. Then in 1948, 200,000 humans sought shelter in Gaza - a marginal sector neither Israel nor Egypt sought after. it's the following that Palestinian nationalism grew and sprouted right into a dream of statehood, a trip a lot full of strife.

Though small in measurement, Gaza's heritage is little short of huge. Jean-Pierre Filiu's Gaza is the 1st entire historical past of the territory in any language. starting with the Hyksos in 18th century BC, Filiu takes readers via sleek occasions and the continuing disputes of the sector, finishing with what should be in shop for the future.

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