Ian Chapman's Reviews > One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate

One Palestine, Complete by Tom Segev
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Jan 24, 2012

really liked it

Not an easy read at first, perhaps translated a bit too closely from the original Hebrew. The Israeli author describes the three way relationship between British, Arabs and Jews in Mandate Palestine. The Jews are given the most positive reference! Even so, it seems quite new for an Israeli historian to acknowledge non-jewish continuities in geographical Palestine. Some of the anecdotes from the Mandate society show a formerly little known point of view, that of the town-dwelling middle-class Jews. I think Tom Segev misses something about the British Palestine Police, in that it was a posting, like Hong Kong. Overall unusual and excellent, but not a very easy read.

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