Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

The Balfour Declaration has a lot more importance in hindsight than it really had at the time Balfour wrote it. In 1917, Britain was only just embarking on its period of greatest success in the Middle Eastern theater of World War I, when it captured Baghdad and used the Arab revolt that it had fomented … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

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Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

I approach these historical pieces with the hope that I won’t shade into politics or advocacy and potentially turn some readers off. But on some topics that becomes almost impossible, and I wouldn’t be keeping up with this history business if I didn’t mention that today is the anniversary of the day in 1917 when … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

and that's the way it was

I’m kind of cringing at writing this, because you can’t really talk about the Balfour Declaration without pissing somebody off and I actually approach these historical pieces with the hope that I won’t do that (I don’t so much care whether or not I do it with the other stuff I write). But I wouldn’t be keeping up with this history business if I didn’t mention that today is the 98th anniversary of the day when British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to Walter Rothschild that would wind up becoming one of the most important letters of the 20th century, at least insofar as the makeup of the modern Middle East is concerned.

The Declaration as it was printed in The Times on November 9, 1917 (Wikimedia)

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Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

I'm kind of cringing at writing this, because you can't really talk about the Balfour Declaration without pissing somebody off and I actually approach these historical pieces with the hope that I won't do that (I don't so much care whether or not I do it with the other stuff I write). But I wouldn't … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)