Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948 by Jacob NorrisLand of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948 by Jacob Norris

Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948

byJacob Norris

Hardcover | June 9, 2013

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Histories of Palestine in the pre-1948 period usually assume the emergent Arab-Zionist conflict to be the central axis around which all change revolves. In Land of Progress Jacob Norris suggests an alternative historical vocabulary is needed to broaden our understanding of the region's recentpast. In particular, for the architects of empire and their agents on the ground, Palestine was conceived primarily within a developmental discourse that pervaded colonial practice from the turn of the twentieth century onwards. A far cry from the post-World War II focus on raising living standards,colonial development in the early twentieth century was more interested in infrastructure and the exploitation of natural resources. Land of Progress charts this process at work across both the Ottoman and British periods in Palestine, focusing on two of the most salient but understudied sites of development anywhere in the colonial world: the Dead Sea and Haifa. Weaving the experiences of local individuals into a wider narrativeof imperial expansion and anti-colonial resistance, Norris demonstrates the widespread excitement Palestine generated among those who saw themselves at the vanguard of progress and modernisation, whether they were Ottoman or British, Arab or Jewish. Against this backdrop, Norris traces the gradualerosion during the mandate period of the mixed style of development that had prevailed under the Ottoman Empire, as the new British regime viewed Zionism as the sole motor of modernisation. As a result, the book's latter stages relate the extent to which colonial development became a central issueof contestation in the struggle for Palestine that unfolded in the 1930s and 40s.
Jacob Norris is the Randall Dillard Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. In 2010 he completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on "Ideologies of Development and the British Mandate in Palestine". Jacob divides his time between Palestine/Israel where he carries out most of his research and Cambridge where ...
Title:Land of Progress: Palestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:June 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199669368

ISBN - 13:9780199669363


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Ottoman colonial development: Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean2. Agents of development: Jews, Arabs, and the middlemen of empire3. The 'city of the future': Haifa, capital of British Palestine4. Palestine's 'undeveloped estate': the exploitation of the Dead Sea5. Toxic waters: contesting British development at Haifa and the Dead SeaConclusions: the legacies of developmentBibliographyIndex