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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
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Meiton, Fredrik.
Electrical Palestine.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018025341
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fredrik Meiton
ISBN: 9780520295889 0520295889 9780520295896 0520295897
OCLC Number: 1038033487
Description: xiv, 305 pages ; 23 cm
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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