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Imperial Perceptions of Palestine: British Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times

Imperial Perceptions of Palestine: British Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times
Lorenzo Kamel

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The Palestine Exploration Fund, established in 1865, is the oldest organization created specifically for the study of the Levant. It helped to spur evangelical tourism to the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which in turn generated a huge array of literature that presented Palestine as a 'Holy Land', in which local populations were often portrayed as a simple appendix to well-known Biblical scenarios. In the first book focused on modern and contemporary Palestine to provide a top-down and a bottom-up perspective on the process of simplification of the region and its inhabitants under British influence, Lorenzo Kamel offers a comprehensive outlook based on primary sources from 17 archives that spans a variety of cultural and social boundaries, including local identities, land tenure, toponymy, religious and political charges, institutions and borders. By observing the historical dynamics through which a fluid region composed by different cultures and societies has been simplified, the author explores how perceptions of Palestine have been affected today.WINNER OF THE PALESTINE BOOK AWARD 2016

Author Info

Lorenzo Kamel is Marie Curie Experienced Researcher at the University of Freiburg's Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). He is also a Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and a non-resident Associate at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Palestine Book Award Winner 2016 (academic section, joint-winner)

‘A scholarly, original study that offers several new insights and a balanced criticism of British and Zionist perceptions of Palestinian history and society. For anyone with an interest in deconstructing the present of our region this book is a must.’
Moshe Ma’oz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

‘Based on meticulous and extensive archival work, Imperial Perceptions of Palestine is a powerful and truly illuminating study of Palestine’s history under British influence that will challenge common conceptions and understandings of that period.’ 
Sara Roy, Harvard University

‘Imperial perceptions of Palestine broadens the existing scholarship with a well-researched, even-handed volume that clearly fills a hole in the historiography. Specialists and non-specialists alike will appreciate this well-written and readable work.’
Harrison B. Guthorn, Cambridge Review of International Affairs

‘This book offers important critical research about the roots of the conflict over Palestine. The author has made a thorough investigation based on a wide range of resources and documents, opening new avenues for re-reading a crucial period in the history of the Middle East.’
Nazmi Jubeh, Birzeit University, Ramallah
‘This is a truly outstanding academic work. It fills a gap in the literature on modern Palestine and, more generally, on the construction of the modern Middle East.’
Ilaria Porciani, Bologna University

‘A fascinating and convincing interpretive analysis.’
Michael R. Fischbach, Journal of Palestine Studies

‘An outstanding book.’
Arturo Marzano, Passato e Presente

‘Imperial Perceptions of Palestine is an intriguing read. Kamel’s writing style is engaging
and he makes clever use of archives.’
Diana Alghoul, Middle East Monitor

‘The author took advantage, with admirable theoretical and methodological mastery, of archival sources produced by all actors involved.’
Marica Tolomelli, Storicamente



Bibliographic Info

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

ISBN: 9781784531294
Publication Date: 29 Jul 2015
Number of Pages: 312
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 13 bw integrated

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