Richard Landes

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Richard Allen Landes (born June 26, 1949) is an American historian and author, specializing in Millennialism. He coined the term "Pallywood" for what he considers the practice of staged filming of evidence against Israel for the benefit of the Palestinians. He currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of History at Boston University. Landes was the director of the now quiescent Center for Millennial Studies. Landes is the son of the late Harvard Professor of Economics and History David S. Landes.[1]

Israel and "Pallywood"[edit]

Landes is notable for views on the use of film footage related to conflicts in Israel, in particular his use of the term Pallywood (Palestinian Hollywood), which is described by Ruthie Blum, writing in the Jerusalem Post, as a term coined by Landes to refer to "productions staged by the Palestinians, in front of (and often with cooperation from) Western camera crews, for the purpose of promoting anti-Israel propaganda by disguising it as news." Landes himself describes Pallywood as "a term I coined... to describe staged material disguised as news." Landes cites the film of the shooting of Muhammad al-Durrah, the Gaza beach blast and Hamas's alleged exploitation of electricity shortages during the 2007–2008 Israel-Gaza conflict, as incidents of Pallywood.[2]

He maintains two web sites:


  • Landes, Richard A.; Head, Thomas J. (eds.) (1987). Essays on the Peace of God : the church and the people in eleventh-century France. Waterloo, Ontario: Waterloo University. OCLC 18039359. 
  • Landes, Richard A.; Paupert, Catherine (trans.) (1991). Naissance d'Apôtre: Les origines de la Vita prolixior de Saint Martial de Limoges au XIe siècle. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols. ISBN 978-2-503-50045-4. 
  • Landes, Richard A.; Head, Thomas J. (eds.) (1992). The Peace of God: social violence and religious response in France around the year 1000. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-2741-X. 
  • Landes, Richard A. (1995). Relics, apocalypse, and the deceits of history: Ademar of Chabannes, 989-1034. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-75530-8. 
  • Landes, Richard A. (ed.) (2000). Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-92246-1. 
  • Landes, Richard A.; Van Meter, David C.; Gow, Andrew Sydenham Farrar (2003). The apocalyptic year 1000: religious expectation and social change, 950-1050. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-511191-5. [3][4]
  • Landes, Richard A. (2011). Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199753598. 
  • Landes, Richard A.; Katz, Stephen (eds.). The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. New York, 2011: New York University Press. ISBN 9780814748923. 


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martin, Douglas. "David S. Landes, Historian and Author, Is Dead at 89". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  2. ^ One on One: Framing the debate, Jerusalem Post
  3. ^ Lifshitz, Felice (2004). "Review of The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Religious Expectation and Social Change, 950-1050". Speculum. 79 (4): 1110–1112. 
  4. ^ Appleby, David (2009). "Review of The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Religious Expectation and Social Change, 950-1050". The Catholic Historical Review. 95 (1): 120–122. 

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