To The Gates Of Jerusalem: The Diaries And Papers Of James G. Mcdonald, 1945-1947

Hardcover | December 5, 2014

byJames G. McdonaldEditorNorman J. W. Goda, Barbara Mcdonald Stewart

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This volume, the third in a series of James G. McDonald's edited diaries and papers, covers his work from 1945, with the formation of the Anglo-American Committee, through 1947, with the United Nations' decision to partition Palestine between Jews and Arabs. The "Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry Regarding the Problems of European Jewry and Palestine" was a group charged with finding a solution to the problem of European Jewish Refugees in the context of the increasingly unstable British Mandate in Palestine. McDonald's diaries and papers offer the most thorough personal account we have of the Committee and the politics surrounding it. His diary is part travelogue through the desolation of postwar Europe and a Middle East being transformed by new Jewish settlements and growing Arab intransigence. McDonald maintained discreet contact with Zionist and moderate Arab leaders throughout the Committee's hearings and deliberations. He was instrumental in the recommendation that 100,000 Jewish refugees enter Palestine and won President Truman's trust in order to counter attempts to nullify the report's recommendations.

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This volume, the third in a series of James G. McDonald's edited diaries and papers, covers his work from 1945, with the formation of the Anglo-American Committee, through 1947, with the United Nations' decision to partition Palestine between Jews and Arabs. The "Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry Regarding the Problems of European Je...

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Norman J. W. Goda is the Norman and Irma Braman Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida and author of Tomorrow the World: Hitler, Northwest Africa, and the Path toward America; Tales from Spandau: Nazi Criminals and the Cold War; and The Holocaust: Europe, the World, and the Jews, 1918-1945. He is author (with Richa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 5, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025301509X

ISBN - 13:9780253015099

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Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on the Editing
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Palestine from the Balfour Declaration to the Anglo-American Committee
1. Washington -- December 13, 1945-January 17, 1946
2. London - January 18-February 3, 1946
3. Europe -- February 4-28, 1946
4. Cairo - March 1-5, 1946
5. Jerusalem and the Arab Capitals - March 6-27, 1946
6. Lausanne - March 28-April 22, 1946
7. The Report and Its Reception - April-August 1946
8. Toward Partition - August 1946-November 1947
Epilogue
Index

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"For anyone interested in the history of the Middle East and how things came to be as they are, To the Gates of Jerusalem is indispensable reading.But it is also far more than just that.It provides an insight into the rarefied world of the international diplomat as it was in the wake of World War II.One sees how both international considerations and idiosyncratic personalities played a role in the decisions that were made.Thanks to wonderful editing and the interspersing of historical information that provides an important context, this book is not just for the specialist in this field.It makes for fascinating reading." -Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Emory University