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Land of ProgressPalestine in the Age of Colonial Development, 1905-1948$
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Jacob Norris

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669363.001.0001

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Ottoman Colonial Development Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean

Ottoman Colonial Development Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean

(p.26) 1 Ottoman Colonial Development Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean
Land of Progress

Jacob Norris

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates that colonial development during the mandate period was the culmination of a longer running process that stretched back well into the Ottoman period. Contrary to British colonial rhetoric, the districts of the Ottoman Empire that later formed the Palestine Mandate were undergoing rapid change in the decades before the First World War as they were increasingly incorporated into global networks of trade and political reform, all under the umbrella of a centralizing Ottoman state. The chapter begins by taking a general look at the establishment of new routes of infrastructure in the coastal areas of Ottoman Syria, with Palestine appearing as a frontier zone at the southern end of this region. The Ottoman-era interest in developing Haifa and the Dead Sea is then documented, introducing some of the individuals, both locals and outsiders, who aspired to play a role in their development.

Keywords:   Ottoman Empire, Palestine, Eastern Mediterranean, Ottoman reform, globalization, colonial development, Haifa, Dead Sea

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