Palestine to Israel: Mandate to State, 1945-1948, Volumes I & II

Palestine to Israel: Mandate to State, 1945-1948, Volumes I & II

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Monty Noam Penkower

Series: Touro University Press
ISBN: Volume I: 9781618118738 (hardcover) / 9781618118745 (paper)
Volume II: 9781618118769 (hardcover) / 9781618118776 (paper)
Pages: Volume I: approx. 400 pp.
Volume II: approx. 400 pp.
Publication Date: December 2018


Seventy years after the creation of the State of Israel, Palestine to Israel: Mandate to State, 1945-1948 offers the definitive narrative of the achievement of Jewish sovereignty in the beleaguered Promised Land. Professor Monty Noam Penkower explores developments in Palestine and in the Arab states, including how the Palestine quagmire became a pawn in inter-Arab feuds; British and American responses both official and public; the role of Holocaust survivors; the context of the Cold War; and the saga as it unfolded in the corridors of the United Nations. Joining extensive archival research to a lucid prose, the two volumes offer a riveting conclusion to his Palestine in Turmoil and Decision on Palestine Deferred.

Monty Noam Penkower is Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at the Machon Lander Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. He was Victor J. Selmanowitz Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College in New York City, and also taught at Bard College, Rutgers University, and Stern College, and in the graduate history departments of New York University and Yeshiva University. His numerous publications include The Federal Writers’ Project (1977); The Jews Were Expendable: Free World Diplomacy and the Holocaust (1983); The Emergence of Zionist Thought (1986); The Holocaust and Israel Reborn: From Catastrophe to Sovereignty (1994); Decision on Palestine Deferred: America, Britain and Wartime Diplomacy, 1939–1945 (2002); Twentieth Century Jews: Forging Identity in the Land of Promise and in the Promised Land (2010), The Swastika's Darkening Shadow: Voices from Before the Holocaust (2013) and Palestine in Turmoil: The Struggle for Sovereignty, 1933–1939 (2014). The Jews Were Expendable received the B’nai B’rith A.D.L. Merit for Educational Distinction and, together with The Emergence of Zionist Thought, garnered the second Samuel Belkin Memorial Literary Award from Yeshiva University.

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Rebellion Launched, 1945-1946
The 100,000
Tenuat HaMeri HaIvri
The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry
“Black Sabbath” to the Hotel Royal Monceau
Truman, Bevin, and the World Zionist Congress

Volume 2: Into the International Arena, 1947-1948
To the United Nations
UNSCOP, Two Sergeants, and the Exodus 1947
Civil War
Statehood at Long Last