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Electrical Palestine: Capital and Technology from Empire to Nation

Fredrik Meiton


Like electricity, political power travels through physical materials whose properties govern its flow. Electrical Palestine charts the construction of Palestine’s electric grid in the interwar period and its implication in the area’s rapid and uneven development. It does so in an effort to rethink both the origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the interplay of politics, capital, and technology more broadly. The study follows the coevolution of the power system and Zionist state building efforts in Palestine on the conceptual and material level. Conceptually, the design and construction of t ... More

Keywords: Palestine, Arab-Israeli Conflict, state building, coevolution, electricity, capitalism, technology, British empire, development, statelessness, Pinhas Rutenberg

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295889
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fredrik Meiton, author
University of New Hampshire