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Zionism was superseded by the need to secure her strategic assets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 Palestine, Israel, British
Colonialism and the Middle East in general.
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||Israeli History, Politics and Society
Michael J. Cohen
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