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Western Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1958$
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D. K. Fieldhouse

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199540839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540839.001.0001

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Palestine: The British Mandate, 1918–1948

Palestine: The British Mandate, 1918–1948

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(p.151) 5 Palestine: The British Mandate, 1918–1948
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Western Imperialism in the Middle East 1914-1958
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D. K. Fieldhouse (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540839.003.0005

This chapter examines the British mandate in Palestine from 1918 to 1948 and why Palestine was arguably the greatest failure in the whole history of British imperial rule. The British, after thirty years of colonial rule, had failed to create a viable indigenous government of any sort in Palestine and could only evacuate the country and leave its future to be decided by civil war. The reasons for this failure are discussed based on the position and reactions of each of the three main actors: the Arabs, the Zionists, and the British. Any one of these might have blocked the road to an agreed inter-communal settlement.

Keywords:   Britain, Palestine, mandate, imperialism, Zionism, Jews, Israel, Arabs, immigration, conflict

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