The Balfour Declaration: Empire, the Mandate and Resistance in Palestine

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    Bernard Regan

    Publisher: Verso

    Year: 2018

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 288 pages

    ISBN: 9781786632487

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The true history of the imperial deal that transformed the Middle East and sealed the fate of Palestine

On 2 November 1917, the British government, represented by Foreign Minister Arthur Balfour, declared it was in favour of “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” This short note would become one of the most controversial documents of modern history.

Offering new insights into the imperial rivalries between Britain, Germany and the Ottomans, Regan exposes British policy in the region as part of a larger geopolitical game. He charts the debates within the British government, the Zionist movement, and the Palestinian groups struggling for self-determination. The after-effects of these events are still felt today.

What People Are Saying

“Most have heard of the Balfour Declaration, without fully appreciating its history and consequences. With this meticulous and insightful study, we have a fascinating and timely guide to British colonial policy in Palestine, and its devastating impacts for the Palestinian people to this day.” Professor Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University

“In this major account of the Balfour Declaration, Bernard Regan’s timely book sheds light on the most powerful symbol of the official British–Zionist alliance over the last century. It deserves to be widely read by those yearning for truth and reconciliation in the Middle East.” Professor Nur Masalha, SOAS, University of London

“This is a meticulously researched account of the background and aftermath of a transaction that launched in 1917 a malignant conflict that has poisoned the Near East and the wider international arena ever since. Bernard Regan places the Balfour Declaration in its proper context … It is compelling essential reading to anyone who wishes to understand the roots of one of our world’s most dangerous potential explosion spots.” Moshé Machover, author of Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Resolution

“An insightful overview of the troubled history … It should become a standard university text for those studying this history.” Middle East Monitor

“Another good addition to the library exploring the origins of our current Middle East problems.” Palestine Chronicle

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