The Politics of 1948 in Israeli Archives

with Shay Hazkani

While state support of archives enables the production of history, state control of archives can often hinder it. In Israel, the nature of the expulsion of Palestinians in 1948, an event in known in Arabic as the Nakba, has been at the center of political debates of the archives for decades. In this episode, Shay Hazkani explains the way state actors have and continue to use the archive to influence the historical memory of 1948 and explores the slippages that reveal this process.

Shay Hazkani is a doctoral candidate at New York University’s Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the Department of History. His research focuses on socio-cultural history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Chris Gratien is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University researching the social and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. (see

Shay Hazkani, "Catastrophic Thinking: Did Ben-Gurion try to rewrite history" in Haaretz (16 May 2013)

Citation: "The Politics of 1948 in Israeli Archives," Shay Hazkani and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 166 (19 July 2014)

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