Britain's Moment in Palestine: Retrospect and Perspectives, 1917-1948

Britain's Moment in Palestine: Retrospect and Perspectives, 1917-1948

by Michael J Cohen


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Britain's Moment in Palestine: Retrospect and Perspectives, 1917-1948 by Michael J Cohen

In 1917, the British issued the Balfour Declaration for military and strategic reasons. This book analyses why and how the British took on the Palestine Mandate. It explores how their interests and policies changed during its course and why they evacuated the country in 1948.

During the first decade of the Mandate the British enjoyed an influx of Jewish capital mobilized by the Zionists which enabled them not only to fund the administration of Palestine, but also her own regional imperial projects. But in the mid-1930s, as the clouds of World War Two gathered, Britain’s commitment to Zionism was superseded by the need to secure her strategic assets in the Middle East. In consequence she switched to a policy of appeasing the Arabs. In 1947, Britain abandoned her attempts to impose a settlement in Palestine that would be acceptable to the Arab States and referred Palestine to the United Nations, without recommendations, leaving the antagonists to settle their conflict on the battlefield.

Based on archival sources, and the most up-to-date scholarly research, this comprehensive history offers new insights into Arab, British and Zionist policies. It is a must-read for anyone with an interest in Israel, and the Middle East in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415729857
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/10/2014
Series: Israeli History, Politics and Society Series
Pages: 548
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Joseph Cohen was born in England, and earned his Ph.D. under the late Elie Kedourie at the London School of Economics. He is Professor Emeritus in History at Bar-Ilan University. He has published widely on the Palestine Mandate and the establishment of the state of Israel.

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