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Electrical PalestineCapital and Technology from Empire to Nation$
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Fredrik Meiton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295889

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295889.001.0001

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Electrical Palestine

Fredrik Meiton

University of California Press

Chapter 1 situates Palestine in the context of British colonialism and technology transfer. The character of the electric power system that was built in Mandate Palestine was influenced by a prevailing logic of colonial development. Large technological systems were designed to facilitate the movement of people and the production, circulation, and consumption of things, information, and capital on the world market, on the assumption that global free trade would yield economic growth and civilizational advancement the world over. In this way, British policy in Palestine reflected an empire-wide agenda of economic development.

Keywords:   colonialism, development, free trade, dual mandate, large technological systems, centralization

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