70. POLICY OF DECEIT: BRITAIN AND PALESTINE, 1914-1939

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70. POLICY OF DECEIT: BRITAIN AND PALESTINE, 1914-1939
Ali Ansari, Peter Shambrook
Friday 28th June 10:30 (60 Min)
Evelyn Partners Spiegeltent
In his eye-opening talk, Peter Shambrook delves into the secret correspondence between the British High Commissioner in Egypt, Sir Henry McMahon, and the Sharif of Mecca during the First World War. McMahon promised the Sharif an independent Arab state, including Palestine, after the war, in exchange for his alliance with Britain against the Ottomans. But what happened next changed the course of history. Despite the promises made, two years later Lloyd George’s government declared that Palestine would be for the global Jewish community. Shambrook’s meticulous analysis of official records and private papers reveals the behind-the-scenes machinations that led to this betrayal of the Arabs and exposes how successive British governments blocked the publication of the Sharif and McMahon’s correspondence. The author will be in conversation with Ali Ansari, Professor of Iranian History and Founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews.
Event Theme: Conflict
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