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Disorder in the Palestine Mandate

Thomas Martin

in Empires of Intelligence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251175
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933743 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251175.003.0008
Disorder in the Palestine Mandate

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The Palestine mandate was a profoundly unstable political environment that posed unique security challenges to the British imperial state. Palestinian society was scarred by worsening intercommunal tension between Arabs and Jews over immigration levels and over changes in socioeconomic opportunity in what has been variously described as either a single Palestinian economy gradually transformed by the growing Jewish presence, or a dual economy based on distinct, ethnically organized sectors of production and trade. Within this economic system, communal tensions were sharpest over contested land claims and competition for housing. Repeated clashes also occurred over rights of access to and control over urban public space. Driven by escalating Jewish immigration, land sales, and support of Britain for more intensive agricultural production, the unique dynamics of intercommunal relations in Palestine were a special case.

Keywords: Palestine; mandate; Arabs; Jews; immigration; economy; production; trade; Britain

Chapter.  14705 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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