[P4883] The Arab Revolt in Palestine (1936-39): Internal and External Factors

Created by Richard Cahill
Monday, 11/20/17 10:30am


Many scholars consider the Arab Revolt in Palestine (1936-1939) to be a major turning point in the history of British Mandate Palestine, the Zionist Movement, and Palestinian Nationalism. This panel is designed to examine aspects of the Arab Revolt in Palestine and beyond that have previously received relatively little scholarly attention. The overall purpose of this panel is to better understand how the course of the Arab Revolt was influenced by the factors under consideration and also to better understand how the course of the Arab Revolt affected entities inside and outside of Palestine. The first two papers will study how the Revolt inspired movements outside of Palestine and/or how international factors shaped the course of the Revolt. The third paper will examine the situation within Palestine, focusing on anti-resurgent measures that the British used to ultimately put down the Revolt.

The first paper will consider how the Syrian General Strike (Jan. 20 - March 2, 1936) and subsequent Franco-Syrian Treaty of Independence negotiations in Paris brought about a large number of increasingly desperate measures. It will also explore the links between the Iraqi coup d'├ętat, against Yasin al-Hashimi (Oct. 29, 1936), and the Revolt in Palestine.

The second paper examines how the context of the Revolt in Palestine affected the way that the Arab Higher Committee (AHC) dealt with the Peel Commission. Drawing on the memoirs/diaries of some members of the AHC who gave testimony to the Peel Commission in January 1937, the paper will show exactly how the Revolt loomed large over AHC deliberations about how to handle the Peel Commission.

The third paper will discuss the role played by Sir Charles Tegart, who the British sent to Palestine to advise on anti-insurgency efforts and quell the Revolt. Based on archival materials, including Tegart's own papers and documents from the Central Zionist Archive, the paper shows Tegart's close relationship with leading Zionists. It will also argue that the construction of a border barrier with Lebanon and Syria, and of police forts throughout Palestine, did little to shape the course of the Revolt but were influential to future conflicts.

The Discussant for the panel is a senior scholar who is deeply familiar with the scholarship on the Arab Revolt in Palestine.

The Chair for the panel is an up and coming scholar, whose research focuses on Palestine during the British Mandate period.





Salim Tamari

(Institute of Jerusalem Studies)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Richard Cahill

(Berea College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Michael Provence

(University of California, San Diego)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Laila Parsons

(McGill University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Charles Anderson

(Western Washington University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;