Chapter 2 connects global trends in non-Western development with Pinhas Rutenberg’s exclusive electrification concession in Palestine. The British government in Palestine hailed Rutenberg as a dispassionate man of science and business. In reality, his most significant assets flowed from a set of ideological commitments. So committed were the British to Rutenberg’s plan that when there was a mismatch between the plan and the needs of the country, it was the needs that were deemed the problem, not the plan. The power system was instrumental in defining Palestine’s borders and shaping the entity that was created.
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