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The Balfour Declaration by Jonathan Schneer
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Nov 14, 2010

it was amazing
Read from November 14, 2010 to January 04, 2011

I went to schill (5th through 8th grades) with Jon Schneer who teaches history at Georgia Tech. Jodi and I visited him in Oxford when he was researching the book. This is an excellent history of the 1917 Balfour Declaration which was the first statement by the British that Palestine should be the home of the Jewish people. The book goes through all the ins and outs of Brith World War I foreign policy with the Arabs, the Zionists (and anti-Zionist Jews) and the Turks. Britain promised everybody something even if the promises were in conflict. The book discusses the Arab insurrection against the Turks, the growing (in influence) Zionist movement in England, and the detailed (on and off) negotiations with the Turks for a separate piece.

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