Twilight of British Rule

  • Uri Bialer
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series


The British Government’s decision to leave Palestine confronted both the residents and the oil companies with a new reality. The leaders in London, too, had to formulate a new policy on the supply and refining of oil in the light of the anticipated changes in Palestine. This chapter will analyse the interactions among these different actors during this period, and how they began to adapt to the emerging political reality from early 1946 up to the war that broke out immediately upon the official termination of the Mandate in mid-May 1948.


Saudi Arabia Middle East British Rule Jewish State British Authority 
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    See D. Horowitz and M. Lissak, The Origins of Israeli Polity (Chicago, 1978); N. Gross, ‘The Economic Policy of the Mandatory Government in Palestine’, Research in Economic History, 9, 1984, pp. 143–85Google Scholar
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    The following is based on FO 371/68615; CZA S 40/100-2; BGD, entries for 1, 31 December 1947; ISA C/l 19/22-3; and Z. Levkovitch, ‘Oil Supply During the War of Independence: The Problem, Constraints and Solutions’, Ma’arachot, 304, June 1986, pp. 16–23Google Scholar

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© Uri Bialer 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Uri Bialer
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  1. 1.Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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