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De Balfour à Ben Gourion

Ran Aaronsohn
Dominique Trimbur


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La dernière Croisade ? La propagande britannique et la campagne de Palestine, 1917-1918, Eitan Bar Yosef, pp. 35-67

Irrespective of its genuine strategic objectives, the campaign in Palestine during the First World War was seen by the British government as an invaluable exercise in propaganda. The events in the Holy Land were shaped, staged and represented to boost public moral in Britain. The almost instinctive evocation of the Crusade in this context-and the equally-instinctive impulse to suppress these evocations-exposed inherent faultlines and tensions which normally remained obscured within the self-assured ethos of imperial order. This applied not only to the fragile relationship between Britain and its Moslem subjects abroad, but also to rifts within metropolitan British society. The difficulties in generating a coherent propagandist policy suggest that the Orientalist vocabulary was far from monolithic: indeed, class and culture were crucial to the ways in which the East was ...

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