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Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British

Jerusalem: From the Ottomans to the British
Roberto Mazza

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In December 1917, British troops entered Jerusalem, thereby ending Ottoman rule and opening a new and important era in the history of Jerusalem. Roberto Mazza discusses the period of transition from Ottoman rule to the British administration, focusing on the socio-political changes from the nineteenth century to the twentieth, the impact of the First World War and the ongoing development of Jerusalem into the vibrant city it has become. He considers the impact of the change in administration on the local population and uses case studies to provide new perspectives on this often overlooked period in Jerusalem's history.

Table of Contents

  • Lists of Tables List of Maps
  • List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Glossary Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Modernising Jerusalem: Administration and Population
  • From Ottoman to Egyptian rule and back
  • From the Tanzimat to the Young Turks through the Hamidian era: patterns of governance and
  • administration
  • The Sancak and the Mutasarrif
  • The Municipality of Jerusalem
  • The Councils ruling Jerusalem
  • The Notables of Jerusalem in the late Ottoman era
  • The People of Jerusalem (1905-1922): figures and definitions
  • Chapter 2: Christianity at War
  • The Christian Churches of Jerusalem in history
  • Patriarchates between the Ottomans and the European Powers
  • The Churches and the Capitulations
  • 'Peace' among Christians: the Status Quo, origins and developments
  • Christian Churches facing mobilisation and war
  • The Custody of the Holy Land
  • The Custody in the aftermath of the war: local and international dimensions
  • The strange allies: Arab Christians and Muslims together
  • Chapter 3: Foreigners in Jerusalem
  • Visiting Jerusalem
  • Consulates
  • Foreigners and the War
  • Consul of War: Conde de Ballobar
  • Consular missions in the aftermath of the War
  • Chapter 4: The War and the British conquest of Jerusalem
  • Preparing for war: mobilisation of human, material and ideological resources
  • The real value of Jerusalem at the beginning of the war
  • The British conquest of Jerusalem: 9 December 1917
  • 'Gerusalemme Liberata'
  • 'A dramatic incident of war': the surrender of Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem conquered: local, British and international reactions
  • The end of the last Crusade?
  • Chapter 5: British Military Rule 1917-1920 and the case of the Nebi Musa Riots
  • Military rule: 1917-1920
  • The 'despot' ruler of Jerusalem: Ronald Storrs
  • Planning Jerusalem
  • April 1920: Nebi Musa Riots
  • Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index

Author Info

Roberto Mazza is Assistant Professor of History at Western Illinois University. He holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London and is the co-editor of Jerusalem in World War I: The Palestine Diary of a European Diplomat (I.B.Tauris).


'[this book] provides students of the Middle East, Palestine and Jerusalem a cogent and rich discussion of a unique moment in Jerusalem's history
he should be commended for undertaking such thorough research to complete this study.' International Journal of Middle East Studies ' important work which should provoke further debate about this crucial moment in the history of Palestine.' Bulletin of SOAS '

This fine book covers new ground on the history of both Jerusalem and Palestine. Roberto Mazza sheds light on a crucial and under-researched period of the history of Palestine which witnessed the issue of the Balfour declaration and the fast development of Zionist propaganda as a prelude to the establishment of the British mandate' Nelida Fuccaro, Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East, SOAS, University of London '

Roberto Mazza's study is the best work we have to date on Jerusalem during the transition from Ottoman to British rule.' Nir Arielli, Lecturer in International History and Politics, University of Leeds '

Roberto Mazza's study highlights the essential mechanisms and infrastructures that were in place in Jerusalem during the Ottoman era and how this had an impact on British visions for the city' Vivian Ibrahim, Croft Assistant Professor of History and International Studies of the Middle East, University of Mississippi

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Middle East History

ISBN: 9781780767086
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2013
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: Illustrations

ISBN: 9781845119379
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2009
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 8 black and white plates

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