EVENT: Azrieli Institute Best Book in Israel Studies 2023 Award Event

Csaba Nikolenyi Discussion

Please join the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 12:00 PM, for this year's Best Book in Israel Studies Award Event!


This is a live event that will take place at: 
Concordia University, Hall building, Room H-1226,
(1550 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3G 2E9) 
Click here to attend via Zoom

2023 WINNER:
Shay Hazkani, Dear Palestine: A Social History of the 1948 War

About the book:
Dear Palestine: A Social History of the 1948 War published April 2021 by Stanford University Press, recasts the 1948 war in Palestine through a socio-cultural history of the conflict’s ordinary actors and its transnational reverberations. The book draws on never-before-used personal letters in Arabic and Hebrew which challenge the war accounts of politicians and generals, whose words continue to shape histories of the conflict. Dear Palestine shows that the stories ordinary people told themselves about the war were far more diverse and complex than the nationalist fervor and unquestioning loyalty to the cause usually imputed to them. The book is forthcoming in Hebrew, and a documentary based on its research, “The Soldier’s Opinion,” premiered in the Jerusalem Film Festival in 2022.

Shay Hazkani is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a particular interest in the social and cultural history of Palestine/Israel, and Middle Eastern Jews. In his research and teaching he focuses on the interactions between elites and non-elites, and how ideas which emanate from elites and state institutions were transformed and subverted as they make their way to the reflections and conduct of ordinary people. 

The Best Book in Israel Studies Award is jointly offered by the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Concordia University Library.