This definitive biography of George Antonius tells the life story of a man who lived during a dramatic period of history, amid challenge that remains unresolved: the Palestine-Zionist conflict. Betrayal of Palestine is an important and innovative work about the continuing controversy of empire and nationalism. This book traces Antonius's contribution and ideas on nation building and good governance and resonates for contemporary seekers of peace in the Middle East. As an archaeology of ideas and meaning, the book will be of great significance for the millennium. It speaks to the paradigm of a conqueror's code, and to the ever present danger of special interests capturing public policy and corrupting good governance.By rediscovering Antonius's message about institutions and nation building, and the true meaning of morality, conscience and public service, Betrayal of Palestine speaks to contemporary people in a voice that reconnects the past with the present. The book offers hope to a region where many solutions have failed, and a reminder that the solutions have been there all along, in the people and traditions of the Middle East, but they have been obscured by a conqueror's code of empire and nationalism. It is a reminder of the genius of democracy and the power of first principles: that ordinary people are important, that power must be shared, and that society as nation transcends tribalism and its more virulent contemporary form: nationalism.
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Contents List of Illustrations PrefaceAcknowledgments Authors Note on Transliteration Chronology * Facing the Truth, 1939The Arab Awakening and the St. Jamess Palace ConferenceThe Arab DelegationThe Examination of British Promises and PledgesThe Anglo-Arab Meetings and ProposalsConclusion of the ConferenceNotes * The Arab NationThe Levantine Legacy: Inclusive DiversityArab Nation: A Culture and a Moral Framework of BeingThe Ottoman Empire and the Arab National MovementAlexandria: Cosmopolitan Society of the AgeEducation: The World As His BookKings College and the Arab CauseThe Student and Patriot on the Eve of WarNotes * World War I British Support for Arab IndependenceRevolt and Death, 1916The Balfour Declaration, 1917Restraining France and Zionism, 1918Arab Nation, Political ZionismNotes * Betrayal Arab Patriots and the Paris Peace Conference, 1919The King-Crane Report on the Arab Position, 1919Zionist Influences, 1919Half a Peace T.E. Lawrence and ChurchillNotes * Constitutional GovernmentGround Rules for Palestine, 1921Palestines Magna Charta: Covenant of NationsConstitutional DemocracyThe Legislative Council, 1922Decentralized GovernanceEducational PolicyLoss of ConfidenceNotes * Resignation: A Protest Problems in the Department of EducationA. J. BalfourNegotiating Territorial BoundariesDriven to ResignNotes * The 1929 Disturbances The 1929 DisturbancesThe Western Wall DisputeOutbreak of Major Disturbances: August 1929Notes * A Moment of HopeThe Shaw Commission of Inquiry, 1929Land OwnershipCooperationHope for CultivatorsLand ManagementNotes * Representative Government A Black-Letter DayFactionalism and the Muslim CongressLandMachinery of GovernmentAdvising the High CommissionerNotes * Syria and Lectures, 1935Problems in SyriaThe Arab AwakeningThe Arab National Movement: 1935 LecturesNotes * The Palestinians Revolt: 1936-1938 The First Six Months: AprilOctober 1936Notes * Prejudge and Partition The Peel Commission of Inquiry, 1936-1937The Partition Plan and Renewed Revolt, 1937-1938Notes * War and Death The London Conference AftermathAmerican Friends and ArabFederationNotes * Conclusion Notes Appendix Selected Bibliography Index