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The Unexpected State: British Politics and the Creation of Israel

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 Visiting Fellow at the MEC and Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and is currently engaged writing two research projects. The first is an adaptation of her PhD thesis, originally entitled, “British Foreign Policy Decision-Making Towards Palestine During the Mandate: A Poliheuristic Perspective”. The second, under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, addresses new developments in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis and its pedagogical potential. She also maintains a personal blog on politics related to the Middle East: middleeaststateofmind.com.|