'Evaluate the impact of the Jewish insurgency between 1944 and 1948 in effecting the Britain Governments decision to withdraw from Mandate Palestine.'
When insurgents attack your soldiers, police force and civil administration on a daily base, plant bombs in the UK and blow up the building housing the head of the civilian administration in the country that you’re administering, all with near impunity, a Government is normally forced to consider its position in the country. However, those who have written the history of the end of British rule in Palestine have tended to ascribe little importance to the Jewish Insurgency of 1944-1948 in helping to bring about the end of British rule in the country. Instead the state of British finances after the Second World War, the pre-existing slow rot already afflicting the British Empire, diplomatic efforts by the Jewish Agency in Palestine and American pressure are routinely pointed to as the real reason Britain left Palestine. My thesis seeks to re-evaluate this period and demonstrate the profound effect the insurgency had on the timing and manner in which the British left Palestine.
BA Near and Middle Eastern Studies: SOAS, University of London (2018)
MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies: SOAS, University of London (2019)