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publisher: 010 Publishers
author: Malkit Shoshan
maps and data: Malkit Shoshan
prizes: Goldene Letter Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt 2011, Best Dutch Book Design
The Atlas of the Conflict maps the processes and mechanisms behind the shaping of Israel-Palestine over the past 100 years. Over 500 maps and diagrams provide a detailed territorial analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, explored through themes such as borders, settlements, land ownership, archaeological and cultural heritage sites, control of natural resources, landscaping, wars and treaties. A lexicon, drawing on many different information sources, provides a commentary on the conflict from various perspectives. As a whole, the book offers insights not only into the specific situation of Israel-Palestine, but also into the phenomenon of spatial planning used as a political instrument.
Notes on the design
The content of the book is organised in two distinct book typologies. All maps are in the atlas part of the book, and all source material is in the lexicon part. The two parts are linked through hyperlinks (page numbers at the bottom of the pages), which refer the reader to additional information. To allow for a concentrated reading of the maps, with all their subtleties in content, the size of the book has been kept small, with only one map, or series of maps, per page. To further avoid distraction, the proportions of the book fit tightly the shape of the map of Israel–Palestine. The maps of Israel–Palestine, Gaza and West-Bank are used in three different sizes: as part of a series, as a single map on a page and as a map spread out over several pages. Additional maps that show a specific cut-out have their own scale and a referencing map to show its location. As all the information in the maps plays a part in the conflict, using a standard colour palette will not suffice. As any feature of the maps can always be defined as either Israeli or Palestinian, the atlas uses a colour palette of two colours, blue for Israel and brown for Palestine. All other (neutral or unknown) information is printed in grey and black, a mix of the blue and brown inks. Specific combinations of the two inks are used to show the mix of population in the Demography chapter.
[Reproduction photography by Peter Cox]