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.
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