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

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Macmillan, Nov 14, 2000 - History - 612 pages
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A panoramic and provocative history of life in Palestine during the three strife-torn but romantic decades when Britain ruled and the seeds of today's conflicts were sown

Tom Segev's acclaimed works, 1949 and The Seventh Million, overturned accepted views of the history of Israel. Now Segev explores the dramatic period before the creation of the state, when Britain ruled over "one Palestine, complete" (as noted in the receipt signed by the High Commissioner) and when its 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 a wealth of untapped archival materials, Segev reconstructs a tumultuous era (1917 to 1948) of limitless possibilities and tragic missteps. He introduces the legendary figures--General Allenby, Lawrence of Arabia, David Ben-Gurion--as well as an array of pioneers, secret agents, diplomats, and fanatics. He tracks the steady advance of Jews and Arabs toward confrontation and with his hallmark originality puts forward a radical new argument: that the British, far from being pro-Arab, as commonly thought, consistently favored the Zionist position, and did so out of the mistaken--and anti-Semitic belief that Jews turned the wheels of history.

Rich in unforgettable characters, 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

Until We Meet Again
1
P A R T I 2 ILLUSION 191727
13
A Contract with Jewry
33
P A RT I l I 2 RESOLUTION 193948
48
SelfService
57
Ego Versus Ego
85
Between Moharnmed and Mr Cohen
102
Nebi Musa 1920
127
Negotiations with Friends
270
P A RT l I I TERROR 192838
295
Hebron 1929
314
Breakfast at Chequers
328
Hamlet in Bir Zeit
342
Khalil alSakakini Builds a Home
360
Made in Palestine
375
The Story of a Donkey
397

A Steady Gaze and a Firm law
145
Iaffa 1921
173
Culture Wars
202
Yefim Gordin Comes to Palestine
224
A New Man
249
Ireland in Palestine
415
Notes
521
Acknowledgments
600
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Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and author of two now-classic works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis and The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust. He lives in Jerusalem.

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