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Electrical Palestine : capital and technology from empire to nation

Author: Fredrik Meiton
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019] ©2019
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"Like electricity, political power travels through physical materials whose properties govern its flow. Electrical Palestine charts the construction of Palestine's electric grid in the interwar period and its implication in the area's rapid and uneven development. It does so in an effort to rethink both the origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the interplay of politics, capital, and technology more broadly. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Meiton, Fredrik.
Electrical Palestine.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018021244
(OCoLC)1038033487
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Fredrik Meiton
ISBN: 9780520968486 0520968484
OCLC Number: 1038025610
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 305 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Introduction: the unalterable order of electrical Palestine --
Expert revolutionary --
Contentious concession --
The politics of thin circuitries --
The radiance of the Jewish national home --
Industrialization and revolt --
Electrical Jerusalem --
Statehood snf statelessness --
Conclusion: electrical Palestine.
Responsibility: Fredrik Meiton.
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"Like electricity, political power travels through physical materials whose properties govern its flow. Electrical Palestine charts the construction of Palestine's electric grid in the interwar period and its implication in the area's rapid and uneven development. It does so in an effort to rethink both the origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the interplay of politics, capital, and technology more broadly. The study follows the co-evolution of the power system and Zionist state-building efforts in Palestine on the conceptual and material level. Conceptually, the design and construction of the system shaped Palestine as a precisely bounded entity with a distinct political, social, and economic character. Materially, the borders of the mandate were mapped onto the power system and structured an ethno-national division of capital, land, and labor. In 1948, these co-evolving forces ultimately carried over into Jewish statehood and Palestinian statelessness"--Provided by publisher.

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