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Published: 11 April 2013

256 Pages | Two maps and eight images


ISBN: 9780199669363

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Land of Progress

Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948

Jacob Norris

  • Brings Palestinian history out of the narrow confines of the Arab-Zionist conflict by restoring Palestine to the wider history of empire in the early twentieth century
  • Demonstrates the extent to which Palestine was viewed as a crucial sphere of British colonial expansion after World War I and challenges the notion that Britain was merely a hapless arbiter in the emergent Arab-Zionist conflict in Palestine
  • Analyses Ottoman and British colonial practice in Palestine in a comparative framework
  • Demonstrates the extent to which notions of industrial modernity and progress were universally shared among political and merchant classes in Palestine, whether they were Ottoman, British, Arab, or Jewish
  • Highlights the importance of specific colonial development projects at the Dead Sea and Haifa