General Sir John Glubb was the last British pro-Consul of the region and commander of the Arab Legion during the crucial years between 1936 and 1956, which were to witness the collapse of Palestine and the final foundation and establishment of the State of Israel. As well as an analysis of Glubb's personal vision of the Middle East and its peoples - a surprisingly racial vision that would condition his politics - this book examines his reactions to the Arab Revolt in Palestine and the periodic plans to partition Palestine and establish a Jewish state. It offers an in-depth account of his thinking and actions during 1948, as he led his small army into Palestine and war against Israel.
Benny Morris is a world-renowned author and Professor of Middle East History at Ben-Gurion University. His pioneering revisionist work on the origins of the Palestinian refugee problem and on Israeli-Arab relations during the 1950s has overturned some of the most basic assumptions about the formation of the State of Israel, and has made him one of the most respected and controversial historians working there today. His books include 'Righteous Victims', 'The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem', '1948 and After', 'Israel's Border Wars (1949-1956)' and 'The Roots of Appeasement'.
Abbreviations vi Introduction 1 1 Glubb on Arabs and Jews 9 2 The Arab Revolt 1936-39 33 3 World War II and its Aftermath 56 4 The Road to Jerusalem 91 5 The Invasion 145 6 Border Wars, 1949 - 1956 209 Conclusion (After 1956) 233 Bibliography 243 Notes 247 Index 289