Palestine between politics and terror, 1945-1947

Motti Golani*

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British General Sir Allan Cunningham was appointed in 1945 as high commissioner of Palestine, and served in this capacity until the end of the British mandate on May 15, 1948. The three years of Cunningham's tenure were tremendously complex politically: players included the British government in London, the British army, the British administration in Jerusalem, and diverse military forces within the Zionist establishment, both Jew and Arab. Golani revisits this period from the perspective of the high commissioner, examining understudied official documents as well as Cunningham's letters, notes, and cables. He emphasizes especially the challenges of navigating Jewish and Arab terrorists, on the one hand, and the multiple layers of British institutional bureaucracies, on the other, and does an excellent job of establishing Sir Allan's daily trials within the broad frame of the collapse of the British Empire following World War II.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWaltham, Massachusetts
PublisherBrandeis University Press
Number of pages255
ISBN (Electronic)1299384889, 1611683882, 1611684501, 9781611683882, 9781611684506
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameThe Schusterman series in Israel studies
PublisherBrandeis University Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1917-1948, British Mandate period
  • Terrorism -- Eretz Israel
  • Eretz Israel -- History -- 1929-1948
  • Eretz Israel -- History -- Partition, 1947
  • Eretz Israel -- Politics and government -- 1917-1948, British Mandate period
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1917-1948
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- History -- 1917-1948
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- History -- 1917-1948, British Mandate period
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- Eretz Israel -- 1917-1948, British Mandate period
  • Eretz Israel -- Politics and government -- 1917-1948


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