Martin Bunton

in Colonial Land Policies in Palestine, 1917–1936

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199211081
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191695797 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs


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This chapter raises questions about the relationship between the construction of property laws in the British colonial administration of Palestine and the discourse of development. It pays specific attention to the impact of attempts by the local inhabitants of the Zor el Zerka and the Barrat Caesarea to assert rights to their land in the face of official attempts at improvement, and to engage the Palestine government in a complicated legal battle over compensation. It draws attention to a number of important features that characterised the way a development agenda inscribed itself in the early years of British rule in Palestine. Aspects of the dispute would drag on for many years. Rather than confirming the rights of the inhabitants to the land, the Palestine administration became increasingly impatient with any sort of rights that might interfere with the increasing priority given to the administrative goals of the state.

Keywords: British administration; Zor El Zerka; Barrat Caesarea; compensation; Palestine government

Chapter.  8643 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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