State Lands and Rural Development in Mandatory Palestine, 1920-1948
Tylers findings tell us again why the Zionists succeeded and the Arabs did not in the control of land areas that were essential for the eventual establishment of Israel . . . this book fits wonderfully into a series of those still too few available monographs, written since the June 1967 war, that focus on the economic and social history of the Mandate. From the Foreword by Professor Kenneth W. Stein. Emory University, Atlanta. Tyler ably mines government archives and describes the often-complicated contest between Jewish and British officials. Journal of Palestine Studies. The League of Nations Mandate for Palestine imposed two duties on Britain as the administering power with regard to land: to closely settle Jews on state and waste lands (Article 6), and to promote closer settlement, intensive cultivation and rural development in the interests of all the people of Palestine (Article 11). Britains failure to live up to Jewish expectations in these two areas provoked and sustained Zionist complaint throughout the entire period of the Mandate. This book examines British pledges and performance; Jewish hopes, disappointments and achievements; and Arab opposition and loss.
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