One Palestine, Complete explores the tumultuous era of the British Mandate (1917 to 1948). Drawing on untapped archival materials, the internationally acclaimed historian Tom Segev reconstructs the period before the creation of the state of Israel a time of limitless possibilities and tragic missteps, when Britain's promise to both Jews and Arabs that they would inherit the land set in motion the conflict that haunts the region to this day. Segev introduces an array of unforgettable characters, tracks the steady advance of Jews and Arabs toward confrontation, and puts forth a radical new argument: that the British, far from being pro-Arab, consistently favored the Zionist position, out of the mistaken and anti-Semitic belief that Jews turned the wheels of history.
Rich in historical detail, sensitive to all perspectives, One Palestine, Complete brilliantly depicts the decline of an empire, the birth of one nation, and the tragedy of another.
- By Tom Segev
- Translated by: Haim Watzman
- (612 Pages)Publisher: Henry Holt, 2000