By Tom Segev
Original 12 months of publication: 1999; 2000 - translation/pb
A panoramic and provocative historical past of lifestyles in Palestine in the course of the 3 strife-torn yet romantic a long time whilst Britain governed and the seeds of today's conflicts have been sown
Tom Segev's acclaimed works, 1949 and The 7th Million, overturned permitted perspectives of the background of Israel. Now Segev explores the dramatic interval ahead of the production of the nation, whilst Britain governed over "one Palestine, complete" (as famous within the receipt signed via the excessive Commissioner) and whilst its promise to either Jews and Arabs that they might inherit the land set in movement the clash that haunts the sector to this day.
Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival fabrics, Segev reconstructs a tumultuous period (1917 to 1948) of unlimited percentages and tragic missteps. He introduces the mythical figures—General Allenby, Lawrence of Arabia, David Ben-Gurion—as good as an array of pioneers, mystery brokers, diplomats, and fans. He tracks the regular develop of Jews and Arabs towards war of words and along with his hallmark originality places ahead a thorough new argument: that the British, faraway from being pro-Arab, as usually inspiration, continuously favorite the Zionist place, and did so out of the mistaken—and anti-Semitic trust that Jews became the wheels of history.
Rich in unforgettable characters, delicate to all views, One Palestine, Complete brilliantly depicts the decline of an empire, the start of 1 kingdom, and the tragedy of another.
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