Exit Britain: British Withdrawal From the Palestine Mandate in the Early Cold War, 1947–1948

@article{Ravndal2010ExitBB,
  title={Exit Britain: British Withdrawal From the Palestine Mandate in the Early Cold War, 1947–1948},
  author={Ellen J. Ravndal},
  journal={Diplomacy \& Statecraft},
  year={2010},
  volume={21},
  pages={416 - 433}
}
  • Ellen J. Ravndal
  • Published 14 September 2010
  • History, Economics
  • Diplomacy & Statecraft
The British decision to withdraw from the Palestine mandate in 1947–1948 may at first glance appear contradictory to British strategic interests. The Middle East and Palestine were vital to Britain's Cold War strategy, and its government repeatedly stated the need for a continued British presence in the region to prevent Soviet expansion. Why then withdraw from Palestine just as the Cold War started? The traditional explanation is that Britain withdrew because of economic exhaustion and its… 

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