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The Zionist masquerade : the birth of the Anglo-Zionist alliance, 1914-1918 /
James Renton.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
description
xi, 231 p. : ill.
ISBN
0230547184 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
isbn
0230547184 (alk. paper)
contents note
Perceptions of Jewry and ethnicity in the official mind -- Jews, ethnicity and the propaganda war in the USA -- Turning perceptions into policy: the role of Jewish activists, 1914-1917 -- The making of the Balfour Declaration -- The Anglo-Zionist propaganda machine -- National space and the narrative of a new epoch in Palestine -- Performing the rebirth of the Jewish nation -- Perception vs. reality: American Jewish identities and the impact of the Balfour Declaration -- The consequences for Palestine.
catalogue key
6274219
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
Main Description
The Zionist Masquerade is a new history of the birth of the Anglo-Zionist alliance during the Great War - a critical chapter in the history of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict. James Renton argues that the Balfour Declaration was the result of a wider phenomenon of British propaganda policies during World War I that were driven by mistaken conceptions of ethnicity, ethnic power and nationalism. From this vantage point, Renton contends that while a number of Zionist activists played a crucialrole in the making of the Balfour Declaration, the end result was not the great Zionist victory that has been widely assumed. Although the Declaration came to be the basis for the British Mandate for Palestine, which made a Jewish State possible thirty years later, this was far from being the original intention of the British Government. The primary purpose of Britain's wartime support for Zionism was to secure Jewish backing for the war effort. The unintended consequences of this policy, however, were to be explosive and far-reaching.
Bowker Data Service Summary
James Renton offers a new interpretation of a critical chapter in the history of the Zionist-Palestine conflict and the British Empire in the Middle East.
Description for Bookstore
This book is a re-examination of British policy towards Jews and Zionism in the First World War, which resulted in a fundamental turning point in the history of the Middle East, Palestine and Zionism.
Long Description
A re-examination of British policy towards Jews and Zionism in the First World War, which resulted in a fundamental turning point in the history of the Middle East, Palestine and Zionism. Placingthe history of the Balfour Declaration under fresh scrutiny, this book provides a major re-interpretation of the origins, fruition and significance of the Government's Zionist policy, and the nature of the Anglo-Zionist alliance that came about as a result.
Main Description
The Zionist Masquerade is a new history of the birth of the Anglo-Zionist alliance during the Great War - a critical chapter in the history of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict. James Renton argues that the Balfour Declaration was the result of a wider phenomenon of British propaganda policies during World War I that were driven by mistaken conceptions of ethnicity, ethnic power and nationalism. From this vantage point, Renton contends that while a number of Zionist activists played a crucial role in the making of the Balfour Declaration, the end result was not the great Zionist victory that has been widely assumed. Although the Declaration came to be the basis for the British Mandate for Palestine, which made a Jewish State possible thirty years later, this was far from being the original intention of the British Government. The primary purpose of Britain's wartime support for Zionism was to secure Jewish backing for the war effort. The unintended consequences of this policy, however, were to be explosive and far-reaching.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Perceptions of Jewry and Ethnicity in the Official Mindp. 11
Race, nationalism and identityp. 13
'The Jew' as an outsiderp. 18
Mythologies of the Jewish nation in British culturep. 19
Jews, Ethnicity and the Propaganda War in the USAp. 23
'Jewish power' in the context of total warp. 24
British propaganda and ethnicityp. 26
British policies towards ethnic groups in the USAp. 29
Turning Perceptions into Policy: The Role of Jewish Activists, 1914-1917p. 43
Sowing the seeds for the Balfour Declarationp. 44
Sir Mark Sykes and Moses Gasterp. 54
The Making of the Balfour Declarationp. 58
Establishing the motives for a pro-Zionist policyp. 58
Securing the Balfour Declarationp. 64
The Anglo-Zionist Propaganda Machinep. 73
The Jewish Section of the Department of Informationp. 73
The historicisation of the Balfour Declarationp. 81
National Space and the Narrative of a New Epoch in Palestinep. 90
The capture of Jerusalemp. 91
Different visions of Palestinep. 97
Palestine as the site of Jewish national transformationp. 99
The Zionist landscape and the narrative of British liberationp. 104
Performing the Rebirth of the Jewish Nationp. 109
A visible symbol of the Anglo-Zionist ententep. 110
Exhibiting the American Zionist Medical Unitp. 111
Performing the myth of national liberation in Palestinep. 112
The Jewish Legion: 'a political performing company'p. 122
Perception vs. Reality: American Jewish Identities and the Impact of the Balfour Declarationp. 130
Zionism and American Jewry before the Balfour Declarationp. 131
Patriotism and Jewish identities in wartime Americap. 134
The impact of the Balfour Declarationp. 138
The response of immigrant Jewryp. 144
Conclusion: The Consequences for Palestinep. 149
Notesp. 156
Bibliographyp. 206
Indexp. 223
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