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BLOCH ----THE YEAR’S BOOKSHELF
The New York office of the British Information service re-
printed
The political history of Palestine under British administra-
tion\
Memorandum by His Britannic Majesty’s Government
presented in 1947 to the United Nations Special Committee on
Palestine (Jerusalem, 1947). A critical examination of the charac-
ter of Britain’s administration is offered in
British rule in Palestine
by Bernard Joseph (Washington, D. C., Public Affairs press,
’48). I t is a scholarly appraisal of British government of Palestine
under the Mandate system.
A pro-Arab treatment of the Arab-Jewish controversy about
Palestine which will please neither side is contained in
Nomad
by Robin Maugham (N. Y., Viking ’48), nephew of Somerset
Maugham, who served during the war as a tank captain in Egypt
until wounded and then assigned to British Intelligence in the
Middle East and became an associate of Glubb Pasha, the English-
man who is a commander of the Arab Legion. In spite of his
intelligent sympathy for the peoples of the Near and Middle
East, he seems to look upon them with the eye of a kindly young
colonial administrator. Observations on customs and political
affairs in the Middle East and Europe are contained in
Lands of
the cross and crescent
; aspects of Middle Eastern and occidental
affairs by Cyrus Herzl Gordon (Ventnor, N. J., Ventnor Pub.
Inc., ’48). The author, who is professor of assyriology at the
Dropsie College, has traveled extensively as an archeologist and
soldier, in the Middle East. The American Anthropological
Association has issued an interesting memoir
On culture contact
and its working in modern Palestine
by Raphael Patai (N. Y., ’47).
An up-to-date review of the major activities of the General
Federation of Jewish Labor in Palestine is available in
Histadrut
1947
edited by Nahum Guttman and Samuel Kurland (N. Y.,
National Committee for Labor Palestine, ’47). Richly illustrated,
it is divided into several sections dealing with labor, institutions,
youth, culture, Arabs, etc.
An informative history of the Histadrut, Palestine’s General
Federation of Jewish Labor and a description of its functions
today are given in
Cooperative Palestine
; the story of Histadrut
by Samuel Kurland; foreword by Joseph Schlossberg (N. Y.,
Sharon, ’47). What Histadrut has accomplished for Palestine, as
a labor union and entrepreneur both, though objectively related,
is a story the informativeness of which is a matter of emotion.
The story is well told in
Labor enterprise in Palestine
; a handbook
of Histadrut economic institutions by Gerhard Miinzner; foreword
by Robert R. Nathan (N. Y., Sharon, ’47). I t describes the
Histadrut and its components, its banks, cooperatives, great
purchasing agency, agricultural efforts, building, manufacture,