Churchill, History and Politics

Prof Michael J. Cohen
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My paper will examine the ways in which Churchill left his own historical version of major issues in his career - his conduct during two world wars, and his record on Zionism and the Holocaust.
Special focus will be placed on the way in which he, and his (unacknowledged)team of historians imposed their own 'doctored' version of history after World War Two.

Keywords: Churchill, Wars, Zionism, Holocaust
Stream: History, Historiography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof Michael J. Cohen

Lazarus Philips Chair of History, General History,, University of Bar-Ilan

Diplomatic Hisorian of the British Mandate in Palestine, and of the Rise of the State of Israel. In recent years, published two books on the strategic significance of of the Middle East, particularly Egypt, Iraq and Israel in the Allies' Contingency Plans for World War Three, during the first decades of the Cold War; Main publications:
1.Strategy & Politics in the Middle East, 1954-1960: Defending the
Northern Tier London: Frank Cass, 2005.

2.Churchill and the Jews (revised paperback edition, with new
Introduction and Afterword), London: Frank Cass, 2003.

3.Fighting World War Three from the Middle East:
Allied Contingency Plans, 1945-1954, London: Frank Cass, 1997.
Hebrew edition, Tel Aviv: Israel Ministry of Defence, 1998.

4.Truman and Israel, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

5.Palestine to Israel: From Mandate to Independence,
London: Frank Cass, 1988.

6.The Origins of the Arab-Zionist Conflict, 1914-1948,
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987. (paperback 1989)

7.Churchill and the Jews, London: Frank Cass, 1985.

8.Palestine and the Great Powers, 1945-1948,
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982. (paperback ? 1986)

9.Palestine: Retreat from the Mandate, 1936-1945, London/New York:
Paul Elek/Holmes and Meier, 1978.

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