The Minister for External Affairs, and the dominant force in the formation of Australian foreign policy for a crucial decade in the battle over Palestine (1941-1949), Herbert Vere Evatt played a central role in the Australian political response to Zionism and the conflict in Palestine. This book, which uses a variety of primary sources from Australia, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States, provides a valuable study of Evatt the Zionist, as well as illuminating a fascinating political figure. This valuable book charts the debate in Australia over the creation of a Jewish state as well as providing a genuinely entertaining study of Evatt himself.
'If you're a history buff, this is one to pick up, and if you're not, the story is a fascinating play of political intrigue and balancing allegiances.' - Jewsweek
'A useful contribution to the history of Israel's founding -Middle East Quarterly
Introduction 1. A Wild Colonial Boy 2. A Rigorous System of Suppression 3. Questions of Colour and Groups of Nations 4. Explain the Whole Thing to Evatt 5. A Test of Our Powers, and Our Independence 6. A Narrow Line 7. Gravest Challenge Yet to Nations 8. What Would You Do About Palestine? 9. Naturally I Am Taking a Purely Objective View 10. Intrigues Directed Against the Jewish People 11. The Use of Force Would Not be Actively Opposed 12. Position is Being Watched Sympathetically 13. As Inevitable as it is Just 14. It is a Matter of Degree 15. More Pious than Pius. Conclusion. Epilogue