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Karsh, Efraim

Works: 144 works in 622 publications in 4 languages and 15,661 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: DS79.66.H87, B
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Most widely held works by Efraim Karsh
Saddam Hussein : a political biography by Efraim Karsh( Book )

32 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A political biography of Saddam Hussein who put Iraq on a collision course with the world, examining the mind of the man, the ways he thinks and feels
Islamic imperialism : a history by Efraim Karsh( Book )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the first Arab-Islamic Empire of the mid-seventh century to the Ottomans, the story of the Middle East has been the story of the rise and fall of universal empires and, no less important, of imperialist dreams. So argues Efraim Karsh in this provocative book. Rejecting the conventional Western interpretation of Middle Eastern history as an offshoot of global power politics, Karsh contends that the region's experience is the culmination of long-existing indigenous trends, passions, and patterns, and that foremost is Islam's millennarian imperial tradition. Attacks such as September 11 have little to do with U.S. international behavior or policy in the Middle East, says Karsh. The House of Islam's war for world mastery is traditional, indeed venerable, and it is a quest that is far from over.--From publisher description
The Gulf conflict, 1990-1991 : diplomacy and war in the new world order by Lawrence Freedman( Book )

34 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 1,540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Gulf Conflict provides the most authoritative and comprehensive account to date of Iraq's occupation of Kuwait, its expulsion by a coalition of Western and Arab forces seven months later, and the aftermath of the war. Blending compelling narrative history with objective analysis, Lawrence Freedman and Efraim Karsh inquire into the fundamental issues underlying the dispute and probe the strategic calculations of all the participants. As seen by the authors, the conflict offers a remarkable "snapshot" of the international system at the start of the 1990s and an opportunity to explore the global impact of the breakup of the Soviet empire in Europe. Resisting the temptation to view the situation in the Gulf as a prizefight between George Bush and Saddam Hussein, Freedman and Karsh analyze the war in relation to more general problems of the conduct of diplomacy and the role of military force in the "New World Order." They have produced what promises to be the standard work on the Gulf conflict." "Why did Saddam Hussein invade Kuwait in the first place? Once he had done so, were there any viable alternatives to the war? How precise was the use of military power? And, finally, how has Saddam been able to remain in power? To answer these key questions, the authors have uncovered new material not used in previous accounts. They have gathered here evidence from all available sources: government and other official documents, newspaper files, academic studies, and personal interviews with policymakers from both sides. The unique value of The Gulf Conflict, however, lies in the novelty of its analysis. Throughout the book Freedman and Karsh address not only American but also European, Soviet, and Middle Eastern decisions in an effort to redress the "Washington bias" found elsewhere. Neither a celebration of the war nor an indictment of it, The Gulf Conflict is a comprehensive account that reveals the interaction of all the parties involved."--Jacket
Empires of the sand : the struggle for mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923 by Efraim Karsh( Book )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors "show how the Hashemites played a decisive role in shaping present Middle Eastern boundaries and in hastening the collapse of Ottoman rule."--Jacket
Fabricating Israeli history : the "new historians" by Efraim Karsh( Book )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and Polish and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Israeli historiography has long been subjected to a sustained assault by self-styled 'new historians', vying to expose what they claim to be the distorted 'Zionist narrative' of Israeli history and the Arab-Israeli Conflict." "Fabricating Israeli History takes issue with these 'revisionists'. Through careful examination of the documentation that they have used, as well as of sources that the author believes they have either ignored or failed to trace, this book propounds that the historical facts tell a completely different story from the one they propagate."--Jacket
Arafat's war : the man and his battle for Israeli conquest by Efraim Karsh( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Hebrew and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive account of the collapse of the most promising peace process between Israel and the Palestinians; Efraim Karsh argues that Yasir Arafat is less interested in the liberation of the West Bank and Gaza, or even with the establishment of a Palestinian state, than in the PLO's historic goal of Israel's destruction
Palestine betrayed by Efraim Karsh( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 1947 UN resolution to partition Palestine irrevocably changed the political landscape of the Middle East, giving rise to six full-fledged wars between Arabs and Jews, countless armed clashes, blockades and terrorism, as well as a profound shattering of Palestinian Arab society. Its origins, and that of the wider Arab-Israeli conflict, are deeply rooted in Jewish-Arab confrontation and appropriation in Palestine. But the isolated occasions of violence during the British Mandate era (1920-48) suggest that the majority of Palestinian Arabs yearned to live and thrive in peaceful coexistence with the evolving Jewish national enterprise. So what was the real cause of the breakdown in relations between the two communities?" "In this book, Efraim Karsh tells the story from both the Arab and Jewish perspectives. He argues that from the early 1920s onward, corrupt and extremist leaders sought vigorously to protect their own interests against the Jewish national revival. Karsh has mined many of the Western, Soviet, UN and Israeli documents declassified over the past decade, as well as unfamiliar Arab sources, to reveal what happened behind the scenes on both the Palestinian and Jewish sides. It is an arresting story of delicate political and diplomatic maneuvering by leading figures - David Ben-Gurion, Hajj Amin Husseini, Abdel Rahman Azzam, King Abdullah, Ernest Bevin and Harry Truman - over the years leading up to partition, through the slide to war and its enduring consequences."--Jacket
The Iran-Iraq war : impact and implications by Efraim Karsh( Book )

18 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neutrality and small states by Efraim Karsh( Book )

21 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neutralitetens historiske udvikling; Neutral politik; Geostrategisk beliggenhed; Magtbalance; Internationalt samarbejde; Neutralitet i efterkrigstiden; Neutralitet og kernevåben
Rethinking the Middle East by Efraim Karsh( Book )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professor Efraim Karsh contends that the influence of the Great Powers has not been the primary force behind the region's political development, nor the main cause of its famous volatility. He argues that the main impetus has been provided by regional factors; and that - even at their weakest point in modern history, during the final stages of the Ottoman Empire - the peoples in the Middle East have played an active role in the restructuring of their region."--Jacket
From Rabin to Netanyahu : Israel's troubled agenda( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benjamin Netanyahu's 1996 election victory marked a major turnaround in his fortunes, for only a few months earlier his political career had seemed finished. This book examines what his victory means both domestically and internationally
The Tail Wags the Dog : International Politics and the Middle East by Efraim Karsh( Book )

12 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The continuing crisis in Syria has raised a question mark over the common perception of Middle Eastern affairs as an offshoot of global power politics. To western intellectuals, foreign policy experts and politicians, 'empire' and 'imperialism' are categories that apply exclusively to the European powers and more recently to the United States of America. Lacking an internal dynamic of its own, the view of such people is that Middle Eastern history is the product of its unhappy interaction with the West. This is the basis of Obama's much ballyhooed "new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world". Efraim Karsh propounds in these pages a radically different interpretation of Middle Eastern experience. He argues that the Western view of Muslims and Arabs as hapless victims is absurd. On the contrary modern Middle Eastern history has been the culmination of long existing indigenous trends, passions and patterns of behaviour. Great power influences, however potent, have played a secondary role constituting neither the primary force behind the region`s political development nor the main cause of its notorious volatility. Notwithstanding the Obama administration's abysmal failure to address the momentous Middle Eastern events of recent years, Karsh argues it is only when Middle Eastern people disown their victimization mentality and take responsibility for their actions and their western champions drop their condescending approach to Arabs and Muslims, that the region can at long last look forward to a real "spring."
The Iran-Iraq War : a military analysis by Efraim Karsh( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En analyse af hvilke politisk-strategiske mål, der fik Irak til at starte krigen, og af årsagen til at angrebet slog fejl. Endelig søges klarlagt hvilke politiske erfaringer, der kan drages heraf
Israel : the first hundred years( Book )

in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arab-Israeli conflict : the Palestine War 1948 by Efraim Karsh( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the Palestine War of 1948 and its progression through two distinct stages: the guerrilla warfare between the Arab and Jewish communities of Mandatory Palestine, and the conventional inter-state war between the State of Israel and the invading Arab armies
The cautious bear : Soviet military engagement in Middle East wars in the post-1967 era by Efraim Karsh( Book )

11 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En analyse af Sovjets militære engagement i krigsuroligheder i Mellemøsten
The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988 by Efraim Karsh( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Iran-Iraq War, which ended in August 1988 - one month short of its eighth anniversary - was one of the longest, bloodiest, and costliest Third World armed conflicts in the twentieth century. Professor Karsh addresses the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, unpacking the objectives of the two belligerents and examining how far objectives were matched by strategy. He assesses the war's military lessons regarding such key areas as strategy, tactics, and escalation and, in particular, the use of non-conventional weapons. Finally, he examines the utility of armed force as an instrument of foreign policy
Non-conventional-weapons proliferation in the Middle East : tackling the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological capabilities( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Soviet Union and Syria : the Asad years by Efraim Karsh( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forfatteren undersøger forholdet mellem Sovjetunionen og Syrien 1970 - 1989, efter at general Hafiz Asad overtog magten i Syrien i 1970. Forfatteren påpeger, at uden tætte forbindelser til Syrien ville Sovjet næppe have den indflydelse i Mellemøsten, som den har
Israel, the Hashemites, and the Palestinians : the fateful triangle( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume provides a wide ranging historical survey of the special relationship between the Zionist movement and Israel with the Hashemite family and its far-reaching implications for Middle Eastern affairs in general, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. It includes chapters on Transjordan and the Yishuv, and the history of covert relations between Jordan and Israel
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Saddam Hussein : a political biography
Alternative Names
Efraïm Karsh

Efraim Karsh historicus uit Israël

Efraim Karsh Israeli historian

Efraim Karsh israelischer Historiker des Nahen Ostens

Efraim Karsh storico israeliano

Karsh, Efraim

Karsh, Efrayim.

Ḳarsh, Efrayim 1953-

Karsh, Ephraim.

Karsh, Ephraim 1953-

Qârš, Efrayim 1953-

Qaʾrš, ʾEprayim 1953-...

Shaliṭ, Dan.

‏אפרים, קארש.

קארש, אפרים

קארש אפרים 1953-....

קרש, אפרים

קרש אפרים 1953-....

إفريم كارش


Islamic imperialism : a historyThe Gulf conflict, 1990-1991 : diplomacy and war in the new world orderEmpires of the sand : the struggle for mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923Fabricating Israeli history : the "new historians"Arafat's war : the man and his battle for Israeli conquestPalestine betrayedThe Iran-Iraq war : impact and implicationsNeutrality and small states