Books That Place the Balfour Declaration in Context


The Balfour Declaration by Leonard Stein (1961)

A History of Modern Israel by Colin Shindler (2013)

Balfour The Man

Balfour: The Last Grandee by R.J.Q. Adams (2007)

Trial and Error by Chaim Weizmann (1949)

Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Statesman (2 volumes)  by Jehuda Reinharz  (1985/1993)

The Mandate

Churchill’s Promised Land  by Michael Makovsky (2007)

Palestine: A Twice-Promised Land 1915-1920 by Isaiah Friedmann(2000)

One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate by Tom Segev (2000)

The Balfour Declaration by Jonathan Schneer (2010)


The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State by Shlomo Avineri (1981)

A History of Zionism by Walter Laqueur (1972)

The Zionist Idea by Arthur Hertzberg (1959)

The Seeds of the Conflict

The Arab-Israeli Wars  by Chaim Herzog (1982)

The Siege: The Saga of Israel and Zionism  by Conor Cruise O’Brien (1986)

Palestine Betrayed  by Efraim Karsh (2010)

Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism (1917-1948)  by Hillel Cohen (2008)

Seven Fallen Pillars: The Middle East, 1915-1950  by Jon Kimche (1950)

Battleground: Fact and Fantasy in Palestine  by Samuel Katz (1973)

Israel: A History  by Anita Shapira (2014)

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 by Benny Morris  (1987)