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The Unexpected State: British Politics and the Creation of Israel

Please note: this lecture has been cancelled due to illness.

In this lecture, Dr Carly Beckerman-Boys will challenge the traditional historiography of the Palestine Mandate, revealing how intrigues and political manoeuvring in Westminster inadvertently forged Britain's formative relationship with Zionism. She will also address some stubborn myths surrounding British policy throughout the occupation and mandate periods, arguing that Britain’s role in creating the Jewish National Home was largely accidental, the result of ‘muddling through’ stressful domestic situations rather than acting principally on ideology, prejudice or even any long term planning.

Event Details

Speaker: Dr Carly Beckerman-Boys, Durham University
Chair: Dr Federica Bicchi, LSE
Date:  Monday 2 March 2015
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Room 2.04, New Academic Building, LSE
Event hashtag: #LSECarlyBB
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.



Dr Carly Beckerman-Boys  is Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Durham University. She received her PhD in International Studies from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and spent one year as a Visiting Fellow at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science while lecturing in Foreign Policy Analysis at City University, London. Her research is situated between the fields of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and Conflict Resolution, with a particular focus on the Israel-Palestine conflict. She also maintains a personal blog on politics related to the Middle East: middleeaststateofmind.com.