By Tom Segev
Original 12 months of publication: 1999; 2000 - translation/pb
A panoramic and provocative background of lifestyles in Palestine in the course of the 3 strife-torn yet romantic many years while 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 historical past of Israel. Now Segev explores the dramatic interval prior to the construction of the country, while Britain governed over "one Palestine, complete" (as famous within the receipt signed by means of the excessive Commissioner) and whilst its promise to either Jews and Arabs that they'd inherit the land set in movement the clash that haunts the area 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 lovers. He tracks the regular improve of Jews and Arabs towards disagreement and together with his hallmark originality places ahead an intensive new argument: that the British, faraway from being pro-Arab, as mostly proposal, continually preferred 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 beginning of 1 kingdom, and the tragedy of another.
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