Partitioning PalestineBritish Policymaking at the End of Empire

Partitioning PalestineBritish Policymaking at the End of Empire

Penny Sinanoglou

Print publication date: 2020

ISBN: 9780226665788

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Partition was both a constant thread and an unrealized vision in policymaking for Palestine under British rule from 1920 to 1948. This book asks why partition was simultaneously appealing to British policymakers and yet difficult for them to enact. To answer this question, we will trace the development of the partition idea in Palestine from the conversations over cantonization that took place in Palestine and London in the late 1920s, through to the 1947 United Nations plan, which attempted an internationally supervised partition of Palestine into independent Arab and Jewish states as Britain prepared to withdraw from the territory.