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Churchill's promised land [electronic resource] : Zionism and statecraft /
Michael Makovsky.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
description
xv, 342 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0300116098 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300116090 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007.
isbn
0300116098 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300116090 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Churchill's worlds -- "The Lord deals with the nations as the nations dealt with the Jews," 1874-1914 -- "Zionism versus Bolshevism," 1914-1921 -- "Smiling orchards," 1921-1929 -- Together in the wilderness, 1929-1939 -- Champion in war, 1939-1945 -- Zionist at the end, 1945-1955.
general note
"A New republic book."
catalogue key
8838610
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-321) and index.
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
National Jewish Book Awards, USA, 2007 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-05-01:
Winston Churchill's statements on Zionism from 1908 to 1948 alternated from support to benign neglect to outright opposition. Makovsky (Bipartisan Policy Center) argues that in order to understand Churchill's contradictory attitude towards Zionism, readers must first understand his worldview, which was based on 19th-century liberal notions about the civilizing mission of the British Empire. Throughout his career, Churchill (who Makovsky rightly notes was given to hyperbole and political manipulation) was always concerned with British power. Thus, while he was sentimentally attached to Zionism, as colonial secretary in 1921 he opposed British support of Zionist activity in Palestine because he perceived it as being contrary to the national interest. Yet, at the same time Churchill had in fact come to regard Zionism as being one of the last vestiges of the Victorian ethos of self-help and improvement, and regarded the Jews as the best hope for the upbuilding of Palestine. Makovsky's analysis of Churchill's obsessive linking of Bolshevism as a Jewish issue and how Churchill regarded Zionism as a refutation of communism surpasses Martin Gilbert's recent Churchill and the Jews (2007). Although sometimes suffering from repetitiveness, this book is soundly researched and argued. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. F. Krome University of Cincinnati--Clermont College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"This is a rich and compelling book. Churchill's attitudes toward Zionism, often vacillating but ultimately resolute, provide a unique window into his worldview. Michael Makovsky has contributed substantively to our understanding of this unparalleled statesman, of the roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and of the origins of the modern Middle East."-Michael B. Oren, author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
"This is a rich and compelling book. Churchill's attitudes toward Zionism, often vacillating but ultimately resolute, provide a unique window into his worldview. Michael Makovsky has contributed substantively to our understanding of this unparalleled statesman, of the roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and of the origins of the modern Middle East."�Michael B. Oren, author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
"Today, when Western civilization is under severe attack and the legitimacy of national movements, such as Zionism, is being challenged by the new post-nationalist universalists, Michael Makovsky shows in dramatic and vivid detail why Churchill, one of the greatest statesman in centuries, consistently and stubbornly fought for both."Natan Sharansky, author ofThe Case for Democracy
"Today, when Western civilization is under severe attack and the legitimacy of national movements, such as Zionism, is being challenged by the new post-nationalist universalists, Michael Makovsky shows in dramatic and vivid detail why Churchill, one of the greatest statesman in centuries, consistently and stubbornly fought for both."--Natan Sharansky, author of "The Case for Democracy"
"The book''s insights are fascinating and revealing." Jewish Voice & Opinion
"The book''s insights are fascinating and revealing."Jewish Voice & Opinion
"The book's insights are fascinating and revealing."�Jewish Voice & Opinion
"This is a rich and compelling book. Churchill''s attitudes toward Zionism, often vacillating but ultimately resolute, provide a unique window into his worldview. Michael Makovsky has contributed substantively to our understanding of this unparalleled statesman, of the roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and of the origins of the modern Middle East."Michael B. Oren, author of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present
"This is a rich and compelling book. Churchill''s attitudes toward Zionism, often vacillating but ultimately resolute, provide a unique window into his worldview. Michael Makovsky has contributed substantively to our understanding of this unparalleled statesman, of the roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and of the origins of the modern Middle East."--Michael B. Oren, author of "Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present"
"Today, when Western civilization is under severe attack and the legitimacy of national movements, such as Zionism, is being challenged by the new post-nationalist universalists, Michael Makovsky shows in dramatic and vivid detail why Churchill, one of the greatest statesman in centuries, consistently and stubbornly fought for both."�Natan Sharansky, author of The Case for Democracy
"Today, when Western civilization is under severe attack and the legitimacy of national movements, such as Zionism, is being challenged by the new post-nationalist universalists, Michael Makovsky shows in dramatic and vivid detail why Churchill, one of the greatest statesman in centuries, consistently and stubbornly fought for both."Natan Sharansky, author of The Case for Democracy
"Churchill's Promised Land weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. Arresting, thoroughly documented, and at times startling, this will be the standard book on Churchill�s complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project. This is the best kind of history: no axe to grind, guided by the sources, it is a work of genuine scholarship written by a discerning and curious historian."�Fouad Ajami, author of The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
"For an honest, but not hostile, explanation of Churchill''s stance toward the Jewish world that also sheds much light on his outlook and his conduct as a politician, Michael Makovsky''s account can hardly be bettered."David Cesarani, Literary Review(UK)
"For an honest, but not hostile, explanation of Churchill''s stance toward the Jewish world that also sheds much light on his outlook and his conduct as a politician, Michael Makovsky''s account can hardly be bettered."David Cesarani,Literary Review(UK)
"For an honest, but not hostile, explanation of Churchill's stance toward the Jewish world that also sheds much light on his outlook and his conduct as a politician, Michael Makovsky's account can hardly be bettered."�David Cesarani, Literary Review (UK)
" Most studies of Churchill stress his tough-minded realism. Michael Makovsky's graceful and compact study of Churchill's sustained interest in Zionism brings to light a parallel strand of idealism evident through all the latter part of Churchill's career. His book adds greatly to our understanding of the man and also of Britain's stance in the Middle East from World War II down to the 1950s. "-Ernest May, Harvard University
"Most studies of Churchill stress his tough-minded realism. Michael Makovsky's graceful and compact study of Churchill's sustained interest in Zionism brings to light a parallel strand of idealism evident through all the latter part of Churchill's career. His book adds greatly to our understanding of the man and also of Britain's stance in the Middle East from World War II down to the 1950s."Ernest May, Harvard University
"Most studies of Churchill stress his tough-minded realism. Michael Makovsky's graceful and compact study of Churchill's sustained interest in Zionism brings to light a parallel strand of idealism evident through all the latter part of Churchill's career. His book adds greatly to our understanding of the man and also of Britain's stance in the Middle East from World War II down to the 1950s."--Ernest May, Harvard University
"Most studies of Churchill stress his tough-minded realism. Michael Makovsky�s graceful and compact study of Churchill�s sustained interest in Zionism brings to light a parallel strand of idealism evident through all the latter part of Churchill�s career. His book adds greatly to our understanding of the man and also of Britain�s stance in the Middle East from World War II down to the 1950s."�Ernest May, Harvard University
"Churchill''s Promised Land weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. Arresting, thoroughly documented, and at times startling, this will be the standard book on Churchill's complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project. This is the best kind of history: no axe to grind, guided by the sources, it is a work of genuine scholarship written by a discerning and curious historian."Fouad Ajami, author of The Foreigner''s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
"Churchill's Promised Land weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. Arresting, thoroughly documented, and at times startling, this will be the standard book on Churchill's complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project. This is the best kind of history: no axe to grind, guided by the sources, it is a work of genuine scholarship written by a discerning and curious historian."-Fouad Ajami, author of The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
"A comprehensive, balanced, and inspired account of Churchill''s emotional and political response to Zionism."--Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin and St. Antony''s College, Oxford
"A comprehensive, balanced, and inspired account of Churchill's emotional and political response to Zionism."�Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin and St. Antony's College, Oxford
"A more nuanced understanding of Churchill''s philo-Semitism and his pro-Zionism... Churchill''s Promised Landoffers a necessary foil and more critical treatment of an intricate subject and a complex man."--Sonja P. Wentling, Journal of World History
"An acutely observed account of the fascinating, evolving, and momentous relationship between Churchill and Zionism. Makovsky''s perceptive conclusions about Churchill''s romantic attachment to Zionism will intrigue and delight readers."Andrew Roberts, author ofA History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900
"An acutely observed account of the fascinating, evolving, and momentous relationship between Churchill and Zionism. Makovsky''s perceptive conclusions about Churchill''s romantic attachment to Zionism will intrigue and delight readers."--Andrew Roberts, author of "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900"
"An acutely observed account of the fascinating, evolving, and momentous relationship between Churchill and Zionism. Makovsky''s perceptive conclusions about Churchill''s romantic attachment to Zionism will intrigue and delight readers."Andrew Roberts, author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900
"An acutely observed account of the fascinating, evolving, and momentous relationship between Churchill and Zionism. Makovsky's perceptive conclusions about Churchill's romantic attachment to Zionism will intrigue and delight readers."�Andrew Roberts, author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900
"Churchill and Zionism weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. A rresting , thoroughly documented, and at times startling , this will be the standard book on Churchill's complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project. "- Fouad Ajami, author of The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
"Churchill and Zionism weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. Arresting, thoroughly documented, and at times startling, this will be the standard book on Churchill's complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project."-Fouad Ajami, author of The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
"Churchill's Promised Land weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. Arresting, thoroughly documented, and at times startling, this will be the standard book on Churchill's complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project."-Fouad Ajami, author of The Foreigner's Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
"Churchill''s Promised Land weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. Arresting, thoroughly documented, and at times startling, this will be the standard book on Churchill's complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project. This is the best kind of history: no axe to grind, guided by the sources, it is a work of genuine scholarship written by a discerning and curious historian."Fouad Ajami, author ofThe Foreigner''s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq
""Churchill''s Promised Land "weaves a seamless web between diplomatic and intellectual history. Arresting, thoroughly documented, and at times startling, this will be the standard book on Churchill's complex political and intellectual response to the Zionist project. This is the best kind of history: no axe to grind, guided by the sources, it is a work of genuine scholarship written by a discerning and curious historian."--Fouad Ajami, author of "The Foreigner''s Gift: The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq "
"A comprehensive, balanced, and inspired account of Churchill's emotional and political response to Zionism."-Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin
"A comprehensive, balanced, and inspired account of Churchill''s emotional and political response to Zionism."Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin and St. Antony''s College, Oxford
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Summaries
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This book is the first to explore fully the role that Zionism played in the political thought of Winston Churchill. Michael Makovsky traces the development of Churchill's positions toward Zionism from the period leading up to the First World War through his final years as prime minister in the 1950s. Setting Churchill's attitudes toward Zionism within the context of his overall worldview as well as within the context of twentieth-century British diplomacy, Makovsky offers a unique contribution to our understanding of Churchill. Moving chronologically, the book looks at Churchill's career within the context of several major themes: his own worldview and political strategies, his understanding of British imperial interests, the moral impact of the Holocaust, his commitment to ideals of civilization, and his historical sentimentalism. While Churchill was largely sympathetic to the Jews and to the Zionist impulse, he was not without inconsistencies in his views and policies over the years. Makovsky's book illuminates key aspects of Middle Eastern history; Zionist history; and British political, imperial, and diplomatic history; and further helps us understand one of the pivotal figures of the twentieth century.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Moving chronologically, the book looks at Churchill's career within the context of several major themes: his own worldview and political strategies, his understanding of British imperial interests, the moral impact of the Holocaust, his commitment to ideals of civilisation, and his historical sentimentalism.
Table of Contents
Churchill's worldsp. 9
"The Lord deals with the nations as the nations dealt with the Jews," 1874-1914p. 38
"Zionism versus Bolshevism," 1914-1921p. 69
"Smiling orchards," 1921-1929p. 98
Together in the wilderness, 1929-1939p. 140
Champion in war, 1939-1945p. 171
Zionist at the end, 1945-1955p. 227
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