One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate

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Macmillan, 2001 - History - 612 pages
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One Palestine, Complete explores the tumultuous period before the creation of the state of Israel. This was the time of the British Mandate, when Britain's promise to both Jews and Arabs that they would inherit the land, set in motion the conflict that haunts the region to this day.

Drawing on untapped archival materials, Tom Segev reconstructs an era (1917 to 1948) of limitless possibilities and tragic missteps. He introduces an array unforgettable characters, tracks the steady advance of Jews and Arabs toward confrontation, and puts forth a radical new argument: that the British, far from being pro-Arab, consistently favored the Zionist position, out of the mistaken--and anti-Semitic--belief that Jews turned the wheels of history. Rich in historical detail, sensitive to all perspectives, One Palestine, Complete brilliantly depicts the decline of an empire, the birth of one nation, and the tragedy of another.

 

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A superb account of the background to and implications of the British rule in Palestine 1917-1948. Completely unbiased in his appraisal, Segev doesn't shy away from either the Zionists own failings ... Read full review

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For more than thirty years the British ruled Palestine. Having entered Jerusalem in November 1917 in the wake of the campaign against the joint Ottoman-German forces, they left it in May 1948 in the ... Read full review

Contents

A Contract with Jewry
33
SelfService
57
Ego Versus Ego
85
Between Mohammed and Mr Cohen
102
Nebi Musa 1920
127
A Steady Gaze and a Firm Jaw
145
Jaffa 1921
173
Culture Wars
202
Breakfast at Chequers
328
Hamlet in Bir Zeit
342
Khalil alSakakini Builds a Home
360
Made in Palestine
376
The Story of a Donkey
397
Ireland in Palestine
415
RESOLUTION 193948
445
Hunting Season
447

Yefim Gordin Comes to Palestine
224
A New Man
249
Negotiations with Friends
270
TERROR 192838
293
The Nerves of Jerusalem
295
Hebron 1929
314
Give Me a Country Without Wars
468
The Last Salute
487
Notes
521
Acknowledgments
600
Index
603
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Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and author of three works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate. He lives in Jerusalem.

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