Mandated Landscape: British Imperial Rule in Palestine by Roza El-Eini

By Roza El-Eini

In this ground-breaking authoritative learn, a hugely documented and incisive research is made up of the galvanising adjustments wrought to the folks and panorama of British Mandated Palestine (1929-1948). utilizing a finished and interdisciplinary method, the book’s award-winning writer examines how the British imposed their rule, ruled by way of the clashing dualities in their Mandate tasks in the direction of the Arabs and the Jews, and their very own pursuits. The rulers’ Empire-wide conceptions of the ‘White man’s burden’ and preconceptions of the Holy Land have been effective forces of swap, influencing their policies.

Lucidly written, Mandated Landscape can be a wealthy resource of data supported by means of a number of maps, tables and illustrations, and has sixty six appendices, a substantial bibliography and broad index. With a theoretical and old backdrop, the ramifications of British rule are highlighted of their influence on city making plans, agriculture, forestry, land, the partition plans and a case examine, offering discussions on such concerns as improvement, ecological surprise, legislation and the debatable department of village lands, because the British operated in a politically turbulent weather, frequently inside of their very own administration.

This publication is a massive contribution to analyze on British Palestine and should curiosity these in center East, heritage, geography, improvement and colonial/postcolonial studies.

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83 It may be shown that the British Empire’s governmental system was not immune to such analysis. Planning and Plan Implementation Planning also depends on the individuals involved (notably, politicians and professionals), policy, and different governmental and nongovernmental interests. Edward J. 84 Government departments and institutions are the agencies for planning and plan implementation. 86 As Rochefort and Cobb assert, policy-making is multi-disciplinary with many factors in play:87 politics, history, geography, tradition, culture, religion, economics, psychology and environment, among others.

131 But their evaluation seems truer of the situation they found in the wake of the retreating Ottoman Army, than of the actual Ottoman legacy after 401 years of rule. As studies by Moshe Ma’oz, Kark, and L. 132 One of the Ottomans’ most lasting legacies was the legal code of the Europeaninfluenced Tanzimat reforms. These were introduced in the Ottoman Empire, which included Palestine, from 1839 onwards. 137 Whilst this description gives an idea of the state of the countryside, the extent of the damage caused by the Ottomans is questioned by scholars, as will be discussed in the chapter on Forestry.

165 In these orders lay the true metal of British rule in Palestine and the Empire. The Mandate Years In the first decade or so of their rule, the British established the working machinery of the Mandatory Administration, and consolidated their authority by entrenching military centres (such as that at Lydda), beginning to build a major naval base at Haifa, and policing the countryside and borders. 168 It is essential to emphasise the variances between the already established Arab community in Palestine and the comparative difficulties entailed in bringing changes to it, and the country’s evolving and mainly immigrant Jewish community, with its different historical and ideological background, and its constant changes which made it relatively more receptive to and indeed dependent on its organisations.

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