Chapter

Potential Landscape

in Healing the Land and the Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226779355
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226779386 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226779386.003.0004
Potential Landscape

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This chapter examines the connection between swamp drainage projects in Palestine aimed at malaria control and the politics of settlement, projects which, it explains, not only forged tangible connections between disease, land transformation, and Zionist redemption, but were also semantically bound with nationalist agendas. It suggests that Zionist malaria control efforts were not simply a war against disease, but perhaps more of a campaign to create more room for immigration and settlement, to further the building of a Jewish national home.

Keywords: swamp drainage projects; malaria control; politics of settlement; Palestine; land transformation; Zionist redemption; immigration

Chapter.  14996 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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