Harry S. Truman, the State of Israel, and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East

Overview

One the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, an international group of scholars, policy makers, and members of the public gathered at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace on the Hebrew University campus to examine the diplomatic and political context from which the State of Israel emerged. Presenters placed special emphasis on research using archival materials made available in recent decades.

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Overview

One the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, an international group of scholars, policy makers, and members of the public gathered at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace on the Hebrew University campus to examine the diplomatic and political context from which the State of Israel emerged. Presenters placed special emphasis on research using archival materials made available in recent decades.

This event also marked the fortieth anniversary of the creation of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute and provided an opportunity to commemorate and reflect on the work supported by the Institute. This collection of the thirteen articles presented at the conference in May 2008 advances the discussion of President Truman's recognition of the State of Israel, highlights ongoing research in international archives, and reviews efforts in the advocacy of peace made possible by the Institute.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935503002
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Haim D. Rabinowitch vii

Introduction Michael J. Devine ix

Session 1 Perspectives On President Truman and Middle East History

Introduction to Session 1 William A. Brown 3

The Truman Period as a Research Field Richard S. Kirkendall 10

A Personal Reappraisal of the Man from Independence Allen Weinstein 25

Session 2 Israeli Statehood and International Actors

Introduction to Session 2 Uri Bialer 31

Bevin, Truman, and Palestine, 1945-1948 Gabriel (Gabi) Sheffer 32

The Arabs, Truman, and the Birth of the State of Israel Avraham Sela 41

The "Trusteeship" and the Yishuv's Military Strategy Alon Kadish 67

The Soviet Union and the Establishment of Israel Viadislav Zubok 74

The U.S. Army, Displaced Persons, and American Palestine Policy Ronald W. Zweig 81

Session 3 Why Did President Truman Support the Establishment of the State of Israel?

Introduction to Session 3 William A. Brown 93

Truman, Jews, and Zionists Ronald Radosh Allis Radosh 95

Truman's Recognition of Israel: The Domestic Factor Michael J. Cohen 119

In Conclusion: Searching for Synthesis Melvyn Leffler 131

Contributors 137

Index 141

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