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A history of Palestine : from the Ottoman conquest to the founding of the state of Israel /
Gudrun Krämer ; translated by Graham Harman and Gudrun Krämer.
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2008.
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xii, 357 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
9780691118970 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c2008.
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9780691118970 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Names and borders -- The holiness of the "Holy Land" -- Contrasts : Palestine, 1750-1840 -- The age of reform, 1840-1914 -- Evolving nationalisms : Zionism and Arabism, 1880-1914 -- "A land without a people for a people without a land"? population, settlement, and cultivation, 1800-1914 -- World War I and the British mandate -- Double standard or, dual obligation -- "Two peoples in one land" -- The Mufti and the Wailing Wall -- From unrest to uprising -- The Arab uprising, 1936-39 -- Triumph and catastrophe: from World War II to the state of Israel.
catalogue key
6340512
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-01-01:
Fourteen chapters cover the period antedating the historical phase up to the founding of the state of Israel. The first two chapters take up the validity of the historical and biblical accounts of the land in dispute between Israelite incursions and the Canaanites, then Philistines, who preceded them. The next chapters follow the historical division, starting with the pre-Ottoman phase and the dissolution of its Near East provinces. Besides examining the meanings ascribed to the land by Muslim, Christian, and Jewish traditions, historian Kramer (Free Univ., Berlin) pays special attention to the social and economic factors. She recounts the gradual transformation of Palestine from the Egyptian occupation in the 1830s, the Ottoman reforms known as Tanzimat, and the British Mandate to the establishment of Israel and the Arab-Israeli wars. Kramer relies heavily on Jewish narratives but does not exclude the Arab perspective. Enhancing the study are 14 figures from German archives dating back to 1900; two maps from Dan to Beersheba and pilgrimage and commercial routes of the 18th century; and five tables on demographic development under the British, population density, immigration and emigration (1920-36), economic growth (1922-47), and the regional distribution of the population during the mandate period. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. C. E. Farah University of Minnesota
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2008-01-21:
The 400 years before the founding of the Jewish state is a historiographical minefield, but Kramer (The Jews in Modern Egypt), a professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, manages to produce an illuminating survey of the terrain. She insists that modern Palestine had a history before large-scale Jewish immigration began in the late 19th century, along with a substantial, rooted Arab population and society, and a growing economy. The author pays full due to the dynamism of the Zionist nation-building project and the development it brought to Palestine, often to the benefit of Arabs, but also accords weight and legitimacy to the Arab nationalist reaction-while observing that, even as the two communities remained socially segregated, they were economically interdependent and spatially intertwined. The author's restrained account of Israel's war of independence notes atrocities on all sides as it depicts a sometimes incidental, sometimes deliberate campaign of ethnic cleansing of Arabs by the Israeli military. Kramer's fluent narrative pairs a much-needed focus on facts-including useful data on contentious issues of population growth and land ownership-with an evenhanded avoidance of partisanship. 14 b&w photos, maps. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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We tend not to notice that Palestine existed as a territory before there was an Israel, and before there was a Palestinian national movement. Krämer, professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, goes back to early 19th-century Egyptian rule, and then to the modernization undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, to situate the present in its historical context. -- Martin Levin, The Globe and Mail
We tend not to notice that Palestine existed as a territory before there was an Israel, and before there was a Palestinian national movement. Kr mer, professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, goes back to early 19th-century Egyptian rule, and then to the modernization undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, to situate the present in its historical context. -- Martin Levin, The Globe and Mail
"We tend not to notice that Palestine existed as a territory before there was an Israel, and before there was a Palestinian national movement. Krmer, professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, goes back to early 19th-century Egyptian rule, and then to the modernization undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, to situate the present in its historical context."-- Martin Levin, The Globe and Mail
We tend not to notice that Palestine existed as a territory before there was an Israel, and before there was a Palestinian national movement. Krämer, professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, goes back to early 19th-century Egyptian rule, and then to the modernization undertaken by the Ottoman Empire, to situate the present in its historical context.
"[T]his is the first serious biography of the mufti to appear in 14 years and only the fourth ever to appear in English. The authors should be encouraged to greatly expand their research for a much larger second edition. The first edition is already valuable for the dark tale it tells."-- Marin Sieff, Sunday Times
[T]his is the first serious biography of the mufti to appear in 14 years and only the fourth ever to appear in English. The authors should be encouraged to greatly expand their research for a much larger second edition. The first edition is already valuable for the dark tale it tells. -- Marin Sieff, Sunday Times
"This is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies on this increasingly popular field, and the book will be of much use to those teaching classes on Middle Eastern history, the history of the Ottoman Empire and Israel Studies. It will also prove useful in seminars on the construction of historical narratives, the connection between religion and nationalism, and processes of decolonialization."-- Scott Ury, Religious Studies Review
This is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies on this increasingly popular field, and the book will be of much use to those teaching classes on Middle Eastern history, the history of the Ottoman Empire and Israel Studies. It will also prove useful in seminars on the construction of historical narratives, the connection between religion and nationalism, and processes of decolonialization. -- Scott Ury, Religious Studies Review
[T]his is the first serious biography of the mufti to appear in 14 years and only the fourth ever to appear in English. The authors should be encouraged to greatly expand their research for a much larger second edition. The first edition is already valuable for the dark tale it tells.
[T]his is a comprehensive and readable account which should be useful to both students and scholars. Krämer's insistence on confronting the historiographical dominance of 1882 is a valuable intervention, and her long view of the past gives today's conflict the wider historical context that too many commentators choose to overlook. -- Anna Bernard, Modernism/modernity
This is a welcome addition to the growing number of studies on this increasingly popular field, and the book will be of much use to those teaching classes on Middle Eastern history, the history of the Ottoman Empire and Israel Studies. It will also prove useful in seminars on the construction of historical narratives, the connection between religion and nationalism, and processes of decolonialization.
The 400 years before the founding of the Jewish state is a historiographical minefield, but Kramer, a professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, manages to produce an illuminating survey of the terrain...Kramer's fluent narrative pairs a much-needed focus on facts--including useful data on contentious issues of population growth and land ownership--with an evenhanded avoidance of partisanship.
"The 400 years before the founding of the Jewish state is a historiographical minefield, but Kramer, a professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, manages to produce an illuminating survey of the terrain...Kramer's fluent narrative pairs a much-needed focus on facts--including useful data on contentious issues of population growth and land ownership--with an evenhanded avoidance of partisanship."-- Publishers Weekly
The 400 years before the founding of the Jewish state is a historiographical minefield, but Kramer, a professor of Islamic studies at Free University Berlin, manages to produce an illuminating survey of the terrain...Kramer's fluent narrative pairs a much-needed focus on facts--including useful data on contentious issues of population growth and land ownership--with an evenhanded avoidance of partisanship. -- Publishers Weekly
[T]his is a comprehensive and readable account which should be useful to both students and scholars. Krämer's insistence on confronting the historiographical dominance of 1882 is a valuable intervention, and her long view of the past gives today's conflict the wider historical context that too many commentators choose to overlook.
"[T]his is a comprehensive and readable account which should be useful to both students and scholars. Krmer's insistence on confronting the historiographical dominance of 1882 is a valuable intervention, and her long view of the past gives today's conflict the wider historical context that too many commentators choose to overlook."-- Anna Bernard, Modernism/modernity
[T]his is a comprehensive and readable account which should be useful to both students and scholars. Kr mer's insistence on confronting the historiographical dominance of 1882 is a valuable intervention, and her long view of the past gives today's conflict the wider historical context that too many commentators choose to overlook. -- Anna Bernard, Modernism/modernity
Krämer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . .A History of Palestineis a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists. -- Abdel Razzaq Takriti, English Historical Review
Krämer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . A History of Palestine is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists. -- Abdel Razzaq Takriti, English Historical Review
Kr mer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . . A History of Palestine is a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists. -- Abdel Razzaq Takriti, English Historical Review
KrÄmer's is a well-researched and thoroughly referenced work of synthesis offered by a cautious and reflective historian. . . .A History of Palestineis a respectable addition to the synthetic literature in the field. For the non-specialist reader, the book offers a good introduction to the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Palestine and a wealth of statistical information. For specialists, the book is a further reminder of the challenges posed by colonial history and to the importance, in the twenty-first century, of including the voices of the indigenous peoples as well as the colonists.
[Krmer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine. -- Jrgen Jensehaugen, Journal of Peace Research
[Krämer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine. -- Jorgen Jensehaugen, Journal of Peace Research
"[Krmer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine."-- Jrgen Jensehaugen, Journal of Peace Research
[Krämer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine. -- Jørgen Jensehaugen, Journal of Peace Research
[Kr mer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine. -- Jorgen Jensehaugen, Journal of Peace Research
Gudrun Krmer, Winner of the 2010 Gerda Henkel Prize, Gerda Henkel Foundation
[Krämer] brilliantly contextualizes Arab anti-Semitism by investigating how, for the Palestinian population, the borders between Jew and Zionist gradually became blurred. By making a series of similar investigations, tracing all the defining points of the conflict, she has been able to write a book that stands out as necessary background reading for all scholars intent on investigating the current situation in Palestine.
For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Kr mer's A History of Palestine . A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant. -- Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine
For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Krämer's A History of Palestine . A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant. -- Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine
For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Krämer'sA History of Palestine. A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant. -- Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine
Gudrun Kramer's book, although its name is not attractive, is a very interesting, well written book, which can enrich even those who know the history of Palestine. For those who will use it as a first book on Palestine, it is a good starting place.
"Gudrun Kramer's book, although its name is not attractive, is a very interesting, well written book, which can enrich even those who know the history of Palestine. For those who will use it as a first book on Palestine, it is a good starting place."-- Gideon Biger, Shofar
Gudrun Kramer's book, although its name is not attractive, is a very interesting, well written book, which can enrich even those who know the history of Palestine. For those who will use it as a first book on Palestine, it is a good starting place. -- Gideon Biger, Shofar
"For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Krmer's A History of Palestine . A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant."-- Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes Magazine
For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun KrÄmer'sA History of Palestine. A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant.
For anyone seriously interested in the century-old Arab/Jewish struggle for the land they both call holy, you must get acquainted with Gudrun Krämer's A History of Palestine . A professor of Islamic studies at Free University of Berlin, she presents an exhaustive overview of the country's past from the Ottoman conquest to the creation of Israel, albeit with a subtle Arabist slant.
An excellent source for those desiring an understanding of the background to the present-day unrest in the region.
"An excellent source for those desiring an understanding of the background to the present-day unrest in the region."-- L. Edward Sizemore, Dallas Morning News
An excellent source for those desiring an understanding of the background to the present-day unrest in the region. -- L. Edward Sizemore, Dallas Morning News
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Summaries
Main Description
It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind, A History of Palestine offers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution. Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun Krämer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews, A History of Palestine tells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.
Main Description
It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind,A History of Palestineoffers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution.Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun KrÄmer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews,A History of Palestinetells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.
Main Description
It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind,A History of Palestineoffers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution. Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun KrÄmer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews,A History of Palestinetells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.
Main Description
It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind, A History of Palestine offers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution. Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun Kr mer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews, A History of Palestine tells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Krämer focuses on patterns of interaction amongst Jews and Arabs (Muslim as well as Christian) in Palestine, an interaction that deeply affected the economic, political, social, and cultural evolution of both communities under Ottoman and British rule.
Long Description
It is impossible to understand Palestine today without a careful reading of its distant and recent past. But until now there has been no single volume in English that tells the history of the events--from the Ottoman Empire to the mid-twentieth century--that shaped modern Palestine. The first book of its kind, "A History of Palestine" offers a richly detailed interpretation of this critical region's evolution. Starting with the prebiblical and biblical roots of Palestine, noted historian Gudrun Kramer examines the meanings ascribed to the land in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Paying special attention to social and economic factors, she examines the gradual transformation of Palestine, following the history of the region through the Egyptian occupation of the mid-nineteenth century, the Ottoman reform era, and the British Mandate up to the founding of Israel in 1948. Focusing on the interactions of Arabs and Jews, "A History of Palestine" tells how these connections affected the cultural and political evolution of each community and Palestine as a whole.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Names and Bordersp. 1
The Holiness of the "Holy Land"p. 18
Contrasts: Palestine, 1750-1840p. 37
The Age of Reform, 1840-1914p. 71
Evolving Nationalisms: Zionism and Arabism, 1880-1914p. 101
"A Land without a People for a People without a Land"? Population, Settlement, and Cultivation, 1800-1914p. 128
World War I and the British Mandatep. 139
Double Standard, or Dual Obligationp. 164
"Two Peoples in One Land"p. 188
The Mufti and the Wailing Wallp. 216
From Unrest to Uprisingp. 238
The Arab Uprising, 1936-39p. 264
Triumph and Catastrophe: From World War II to the State of Israelp. 296
Bibliographyp. 325
Indexp. 343
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