New Article: Kelly, The Revolt of 1936: A Revision

Kelly, Matthew Kraig. “The Revolt of 1936: A Revision.” Journal of Palestine Studies 44.2 (2015): 28-42.





This article concerning the Great Revolt of 1936–39 is based on archival research conducted in England and Israel in 2011–12. It argues that British resort to harsh repressive measures during the 1936 phase of the revolt began earlier, endured longer, and occurred more frequently than scholars have hitherto recognized. It contends further that this oversight is an instance of a broader trend in the scholarship: namely, the internalization of the pervasive tendency in British and Zionist archival materials to characterize the rebellion as a crime wave, to which the Mandate merely responded, rather than provoked.

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