Introduction to Part III

Authored by: Cyrus Schayegh

The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138800588
eBook ISBN: 9781315713120
Adobe ISBN: 9781317497066


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The first chapter of this part, by Jacob Norris, overlaps with the last chapter of the previous part, by Lori Allen. Like her, he studies a nationalist discourse. He takes us deep into the inter-war period, looking not at culturalist claims, like Allen did, but at economic developmentalist demands. His story is sociopolitically grounded: he shows how it was especially Arab Palestine’s intellectuals and businessmen who believed economic and infrastructural modernization to be the key to successful nation building and who called on Britain to stop excluding them and favoring Zionist actors. This reality was particularly galling because the Arab Palestinian discourse of economic modernization (and of the dangers of foreign investments) had grown strong roots already in the last Ottoman decades.

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