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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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The ‘City of the Future’ Haifa, Capital of British Palestine

The ‘City of the Future’ Haifa, Capital of British Palestine

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(p.99) 3 The ‘City of the Future’ Haifa, Capital of British Palestine
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Land of Progress
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Jacob Norris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669363.003.0004

Chapter Three focuses on Haifa as the focal point of British development in Palestine and the wider ‘Middle East’ during the mandate period. The chapter begins with an examination of Haifa’s status as an exit point for the region’s raw materials (particularly Iraqi oil and Dead Sea minerals), and the resultant expansion of infrastructure in and around the city: the construction of a new harbour, the installation of oil facilities and the completion of multiple networks of transportation are all described. At the same time, the chapter tells the stories of some of the local people who participated in Haifa’s expansion at ground level. Discussed in particular detail are two types of workers: the Jewish stevedores from Salonika recruited by Zionist leaders in collaboration with the British authorities, and the many thousands of Arab workers drawn to Haifa by the prospect of employment in British development projects.

Keywords:   Haifa, infrastructure, British Empire, Palestine, oil, Iraq, Middle East, Salonika, labour, British Mandate

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