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Jessica B. Teisch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834435

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878019_teisch

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Palestine's Peculiar Social Experiments

Palestine's Peculiar Social Experiments

(p.161) Chapter 6 Palestine's Peculiar Social Experiments
Engineering Nature

Jessica B. Teisch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses agricultural development in Palestine's Jewish settlements, which offers an additional example of how California's engineers tried to draw distant regions into a world economy and how Palestine reached beyond its borders for agricultural models. Political, cultural, and economic models rooted in the American as well as Western and Eastern European experience consciously shaped the organization of Jewish Palestine. Agricultural development also illustrates how the idea of progress changed in the interwar years to reflect new nationalist and ideological projects such as Zionism, which theoretically created better conditions for Elwood Mead's ideas about rural life than existed anywhere else. Jews from Europe and America came in such great numbers that small farms were a necessity. Sporadic Arab hostility made cooperative endeavors among settlers essential.

Keywords:   agricultural development, Jewish settlements, California's engineers, world economy, Jewish Palestine, Elwood Mead

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