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British Propaganda and the Protection of Empire in the Far East, 1933–42

This chapter examines the audiences for British propaganda and the phases of the propaganda effort between 1945 and 1948. Between 1945 and 1948 the British government attempted to implement a long-term policy over Palestine, would preserve British political, economic and strategic interests in the Middle East while influencing the day-to-day decisions over the future of the Mandate. The new Labour government's policy promoted schemes of regional development which would benefit the common people but a lack of economic strength meant Britain was unable to give substance to this rhetoric. British public opinion was a less critical audience for British propaganda. The Palestine Mandate recognised the Jewish Agency as a public body for the purpose of advising and cooperating with the Administration of Palestine. In the face of international criticism that claimed Britain had obstructed both the work of the UN Commission and American attempts to find a solution to the practical problems of implementation.