Bibliography on the Analytical Response

to the Hussein-McMahon Letters of 1915:

By Larry Hart


Historiographical Question: Did Great Britain promise Palestine to the Jews or to the Arabs, or did they intend on keeping it for themselves?


Antonious, George, The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement, Capricorn Books: New York, 1965.

Fromkin, David A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, Henry Holt and Company: New York, 1989.

Karsh, Efraim and Inari, Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East 1789-1923,  Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1999.

Sachar, Howard M., A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time, Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1996.

Tessler, Mark, A History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict, Indiana University Press: Bloomington, 1994.


Journal Articles


Freidman, Isaiah, “The McMahon-Hussein Correspondence and the Question of Palestine” Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 5, No. 2. (1970), pp. 83-122.

Goold, Douglas, “Lord Hardinage and the Mesopotamia Expedition and Inquiry, 1914-1917,” The Historical Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4. (Dec., 1976), pp. 919-945.

Huneidi, Sahar, “Was Balfour Policy Reversible? The Colonial Office and Palestine 1921-1923,” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2. (Winter, 1998), pp. 23-41.

McTague, John J. Jr. “ The British Military Administration in Plaestine, 1917- 1920,” Journal of Palestine Studies,  Vol. 7, No. 3. (Spring, 1978), pp. 55-76.

Mousa, Suleiman, “A Matter of Principle: King Hussein of the Hijaz and the Arabs of Palestine,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2. (Apr., 1978), pp. 183-194.

Paris, Timothy J., British Middle East Policy-Making after the First World War: The Lawrentian and Wilsonian Schools,” The Historical Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3. (Sep., 1998), pp. 773-793.

Smith, Charles D., “The Invention of a Tradition: The Question of Arab Acceptance of the Zionist Right to Palestine During World War I,” Journal of Palestine Studies,Vol. 22, No.2, Winter, 1993, p. 48-61


Research References

Cohen, Michael J.,”Secret Diplomacy and the Rebellion in Palestine, 1936-1939, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 8, No. 3. (Jul., 1977), pp. 379-404.



A Historiographic Review of Literature on the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Kenneth W. Stein

The American Historical Review, Vol. 96, No. 5. (Dec., 1991), pp. 1450-1465.

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