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'The Balfour Declaration'

Jonathan Schneer, Georgia Institute of Technology

Fri, August 27, 2010 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

In November 1917 the Balfour Declaration promised to support the establishment of a homeland for Jews in Palestine.  Most historians treat the lead-up to the Declaration as a triumphal progress.  In fact Chaim Weizmann's campaign to win the British governing elite over to Zionism nearly misfired.  The Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, almost betrayed Weizmann, the Jews-as well as the Arabs and Armenians-in favor of the Turks.

Jonathan Schneer earned his B.A. from McGill University and his Ph.D. from Columbia.  He taught at Boston College and Yale University before becoming Professor of Modern British History at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  His books include London 1900: The Imperial Metropolis (1999); and The Thames: England's River (2005). His Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict was published earlier this year. 

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