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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Mitchell, Nicholas Ensley
Author's Email Address nmitch3@lsu.edu
URN etd-07102007-164658
Title Towards Nakba: The Failure of the British Mandate of Palestine,1922-1939
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Meredith Veldman Committee Chair
David F. Lindenfeld Committee Member
M. Reza Pirbhai Committee Member
Keywords
  • British Mandatory Administrations
  • Jewish nationalism
Date of Defense 2007-07-03
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
In 1922, with the issuance of the Churchill White Paper, the British government committed itself to assuming the responsibilities of the Balfour Declaration and create a bi-national state in the Mandated territory of Palestine. By 1939, the British, represented by the Mandatory Authority, found themselves trapped between a Palestinian-based Zionist movement, itself torn between two competing factions, and a Palestinian Arab nationalist movement whose leadership had collapsed. The internal split between Revisionist Zionism under Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Mainstream Zionism under Chaim Weizmann and, later, David Ben-Gurion prevented the British government from negotiating with a cohesive Zionist organization. The collapse of the highly centralized Palestinian Arab nationalist resistance, led by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al-Husseini, in 1937 deprived the British government of a cohesive Arab movement with which they could negotiate. This thesis argues that the factional differences within the broader Arab-Zionist conflict caused the British to fail in accomplishing their goal of a bi-national state in Palestine.
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