Shlaim studied history at Cambridge University, then studied International Relations at the London School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Reading. He taught International Relations at Reading University, specializing in European issues. His deep academic interest in the history of Israel began in 1987, when he took a position as a British Academy Research Professor at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and served as an outside examiner on the doctoral thesis of Ilan Pappe, another important New Historian.
Shlaim's approach to the study of history is informed by his belief that "The job of the historian is to judge."
'Israelis and Palestinians are locked in a dance of death' ; Prof Avi Shlaim, a leading Israeli historian who is visiting Ireland, talks to Lara Marlowe
Feb 26, 2004; Prof Avi Shlaim was only five years-old when his Iraqi-Jewish family moved to Israel, where he grew up and served in the Israeli...
Books: Taking a Long, Hard Look at the Jewish State; the Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. by Avi Shlaim (Allen Lane, the Penguin Press, Pounds 25). Reviewed by Mark Sullivan
Jun 03, 2000; Israel's sudden and dramatic withdrawl from Lebanon is a new twist in one of the world's longest conflicts. Whether this is a...