Samuel (Ari) Wisch

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities

20072008 Forum on Origins

Samuel (Ari) Wisch


College '08

British Counterinsurgency Strategy: The 1936-1939 Arab Revolt in Palestine

This study examines British counterinsurgency strategy in the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt in Palestine. Throughout the first half of the 20th Century, Britain faced a number of revolts and uprisings throughout the Empire. One such uprising, the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt in Palestine, was a crucial event in the history of the British Mandate and has been compared to the more recent First and Second Palestinian Intifadas. What counterinsurgency strategies were employed by the British and how effective were they? What was the strategy developed by the British military officer Orde Wingate, and what role did his joint British-Jewish Special Night Squads play in combating the insurgency? How can we relate the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt to the broader history of British counterinsurgency across the Empire in the interwar period?