Britain's Withdrawal from Palestine and the Arab-Zionist Conflict until 1948


Korean Minjok Leadership Academy
LYH



Table of Contents


December 11th 2008
December 11th 2008
December 4th 2008
November 13th 2008
November 6th 2008
November 1st 2008
September 19th 2008
September 7th 2008
September 6th 2008



December 11th 2008 . go to LYH's Log

a good start.



December 11th 2008 . go to LYH's Log

okay



December 4th 2008 . go to LYH's Log

(1) In regard to notes : as long as you write individual chapters, separate counting of notes per chapter. When you are done, you can do re-numbering.
(2) Britain did not get a mandate for Palestine and Transjordan. The Mandate of 1920 included all of (Cis-Jordan) Palestine and Ttransjordan; Transjordan was split off in 1922.
(3) The Balfour Declaration solidified Palestine as "a national home for the Jewish people."
Before the mandate was given / the British and French agreed on borders, Palestine, as an administrative unit, did not exist. A vaguely defined Palestine had seen Jewish immigration before the mandate; I would prefer "confirmed" over solidified.
You have chosen one of the most sensitive topics to write about; you have to be careful in your choice of words, if you want to appear unbiased.
(4) League of Nations Mandates - give year.
(5) immigration started to flood
as immigration picked up.
(6) A national home prepared for them appealed to them, as they suffered immensely during World War I, and as following the war
give reference
(7) Overall comment : formulation too vague.



November 1st 2008 . go to LYH's Log

This table of contents looks okay. Only, conflicts of the two population groups with the British administration, and British Palestine strategies in the later mandate period are not discussed.



November 1st 2008 . go to LYH's Log

list looks okay to me. Check the following :
League of Nations; Britain, Foreign Office : Mandate for Palestine http://www.archive.org/details/mandateforpalest00leaguoft
Historical Section of the Foreign Office, Britain : Peace Handbooks http://www.archive.org/details/peacehandbooks01grea (you need volume : Turkey in Asia)



November 1st 2008 . go to LYH's Log

The central topic of your paper is "British Withdrawal" (1947-1948) and the Arab-Zionist Conflict. For this paper you should focus on the period 1930-1948.
Your table of Contents contains large sections, which must be interpreted as an extensive introduction (I-III);
not a word on what you were to write about,
the role of the UN in the partition (remember, the UN took over because the British imitated Pontius Pilatus, stating they no longer wished to be in charge) (IV.1)
the consequences of the UN decision (IV.2)
and the present situation which has so much been shaped by history (V).

A paper which avoids the issue it was to take on is not worth the time and effort invested in, the paper printed on. The prehistory of the British withdrawal is essential to understand why the British administration reached this difficult decision. The legacy is something you may discuss in a conclusion.
Your table of contents is oriented on moments in history - WW I when, on three occasions, contradicting promises were made; the difficult step of trying to stick to all three promises; the UN decision of what to do with a Palestine messed up by the British, and the present situation.
The topic of your project promises to be process-oriented : the contradicting promises were made before the period you are to examine were made. The decision of the UN to partition Palestine is made after the British "washed their hands in innocence", thus no longer of concern to do and to be moved into the conclusion.

The phrase "British Administration" does not even appear in your ToC. Anyone reading your present ToC would assume you are biased toward the Israeli side; you give a narrative of Zionism, but you fail to give a chapter on the history of the Palestinians

May I recommend the following :
Do not strictly stick to a chronological order
I Intro, II History of the British Administration of Palestine
III History of the Jewish Community in Palestine
IV History of the Arab Community in Palestine
V Conclusion

Division in subchapters to be done by you; history of Zionism first subchapter of (III). UN decision, present situation to be integrated into the conclusion, which may have a different title and may be subdivided, too.
Understand, the topic you chose is very sensitive. If you do not (1) seriously try to look at all sides of the story, remain neutral, and (2) if you fail to focus on the object of your research, you loose credibility.



September 19th 2008 . go to LYH's Log

(a) Huneidi, Sahar S. 'Facts of the ground : Herbert Samuel and the Balfour Declaration, 1914-1925'. In Humphries, Hugh (ed.), Palestine and the legacy of Balfour ([Haddington?]: Scottish Friends of Palestine, 2006), 73-86. better : Huneidi, Sahar S. 'Facts of the ground : Herbert Samuel and the Balfour Declaration, 1914-1925', pp.73-86 in : Humphries, Hugh (ed.), Palestine and the legacy of Balfour ([Haddington?]: Scottish Friends of Palestine, 2006)
(b) add : WHKMLA History of Palestine, British Mandate Period, http://www.zum.de/whkmla/region/arabworld/xpalestine19171948.html
Has list of books school / I have on the topic; in addition many links. Of the books, I expect you to use
Philip Mattar, Encyclopedia of the Palestinians, NY : Facts on File 2000
Bernard Reich, Historical Dictionary of Israel, Metuchen N.J. : Scarecrow 1992
David Gilmore, Curzon, Imperial Statesman, NY : Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1994
Sami Hadawi, Bitter Harvest. A Modern History of Palestine, NY : Olive Branch (1967) 1999
Others you may decide on. Use historical dictionaries for their extensive bibliographical sections.



September 7th 2008

Check website of UK National Archive http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Search Documents Online http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/ for Palestine
Check New Releases http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/releases/default.htm for Palestine
Check (UK Nat'l Archive) Online Library Catalogue http://www.library.nationalarchives.gov.uk/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/o/o/49 for Palestine



September 6th 2008

The first step you should take is establishuing a working bibliography. Use

Search RHS Bibliography for Palestine
Check the bibliographies in Philip Mattar, Encyclopedia of the Palestinians, NY : Facts on File 2000, Bernard Reich, Historical Dictionary of Israel, Metuchen N.J. : Scarecrow 1992 (Christina has both)
www.abebooks.com

Divide your working bibliography as follows

I.) Bibliographies

II.) Books, Websites etc. you are certain to use

III.) Books, Websites etc. which you believe relevant, but which you are not sure that you will use them

It may make sense to divide II and III into a : primary sources and b : secondary sources