Legacy of Empire: Britain, Zionism and the Creation of Israel

It is now more than seventy years since the creation of the state of Israel, yet its origins and the British Empire’s historic responsibility for Palestine remain little known. Confusion persists, too, as to the distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

In Legacy of Empire, Gardner Thompson explores why the British government adopted political Zionism in the early twentieth century, issuing the Balfour Declaration in 1917 and then retaining it as the cornerstone of their rule in Palestine after the First World War. Despite evidence and warnings, over the next two decades Britain would facilitate the colonisation of Arab Palestine by Jewish immigrants, ultimately leading to a conflict which it could not contain.

A highly readable and compelling account of Britain’s rule in Palestine, Legacy of Empire is essential reading for those wishing to better understand the roots of this enduring conflict.