Degree Year

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Advisor(s)

Zeinab Abul-Magd

Keywords

Arab Revolt of 1936-1939, Palestinian, Extremists, Rebels, Rebellion

Abstract

My thesis examines contested representations of the Arab Revolt of 1936-1939 in Palestine and the interests of the groups that constructed these representations. I use archival documents, historical newspapers, and memoirs to demonstrate that Palestinians tended to portray the conflict as a contentious struggle for independence, while British and Zionist leaders understood it as a series of violent, criminal disturbances. My thesis explores Palestinian motivations and tactics in order to challenge characterizations of rebels as “extremists.” I argue that the Revolt’s failure allowed British and Zionist representations to emerge as the hegemonic discourse reaching English-speaking audiences about the rebellion.

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