Was The Red Flag Flying There?: Marxist Politics And The Arab-Israeli Conflict In Egypt And Israel, 1948-1965

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Was The Red Flag Flying There?: Marxist Politics And The Arab-Israeli Conflict In Egypt And Israel, 1948-1965

By Joel Beinin
University of California Press, 1990
336 pp. $40.00
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A detailed and sympathetic study of communist and associated parties in Israel (Maki and Mapam) and in Egypt, and of how they viewed the Arab-Israeli conflict and its possible resolution. The author brings out some interesting points of "revisionist" history that do not conform to the established interpretation of events. These leftist groups, following the general Moscow line but with ideas and tactics of their own, were especially active-and indirectly in contact with each other-in the early years between 1948 and the 1956 Suez crisis. They were never a major influence, however, as they were overwhelmed by what Beinin calls the "hegemonic nationalist political discourse" in both countries.

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