The Biggest Prison on Earth

Pages: 304
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld

The Biggest Prison on Earth

A History of the Occupied Territories

Ilan Pappe

A powerful, groundbreaking history of the Occupied Territories from one of Israel's most influential historians


9781786073419 (3 May 2018)
RRP £12.99 / US$19.99
9781851685875 (22 Jun 2017)
RRP £20.00 / US$30.00

The Book


Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2017

From the author of the bestselling study of the 1948 War of Independence comes an incisive look at the Occupied Territories, picking up the story where The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine left off.

In this comprehensive exploration of one of the world's most prolonged and tragic conflicts, Pappe uses recently declassified archival material to analyse the motivations and strategies of the generals and politicians - and the decision-making process itself - that laid the foundation of the occupation. From a survey of the legal and bureaucratic infrastructures that were put in place to control the population of over one million Palestinians, to the security mechanisms that vigorously enforced that control, Pappe paints a picture of what is to all intents and purposes the world's largest ‘open prison'.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

ILAN PAPPE is Professor of History at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, and the author of over a dozen books including the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. In 2017, Pappe was awarded the Middle East Monitor's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Palestine Book Awards.


‘[Pappe] boldly and persuasively argues for understanding the occupied territories as the world's "largest ever mega-prison”... Pappe's conclusions won't be welcome in all quarters but this detailed history is rigorously supported by primary sources.'

- Publishers Weekly

'Ilan Pappe is Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.' 

- John Pilger

'A grim, hard-hitting look at the nuts and bolts of Israeli occupation.'

- Kirkus

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