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British Water Policy in Mandate Palestine: Environmental Orientalism and Social Transformation

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During the period of the British Mandate in Palestine, British water policies combined with Zionist groups' settlement and 'development' activities to drastically change the waterscape in the region. The changing water conditions had dire consequences for rural Arabs' ability to carry on farming, support livestock, and undertake water-dependent industries. The roots of British water policy lay in part in conceptions of the so-called Arab 'race'. An instance of 'environmental Orientalism', this case offers an opportunity to examine links between racial conceptions and environmental changes that had lasting influence on landscapes and peoples.
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Keywords: Arab farming; Israel; Mandate; Palestine; Zionism; drainage; environmental Orientalism; water history

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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  • Environment and History is an interdisciplinary journal which aims to bring scholars in the humanities and biological sciences closer together, with the deliberate intention of constructing long and well-founded perspectives on present day environmental problems.

    Environment and History has a Journal Impact Factor (2018) of 0.800. 5 Year Impact Factor: 0.918.
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