American Consuls in the Holy Land (Hardcover)

1832-1914 (America-Holy Land Monographs)

By Kark

Hebrew University Magnes Press, 9780814325230, 338pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2010

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This volume deals with an eventful period in the modern history of Palestine. It provides new insights into the role of the US consuls in the Ottoman Middle East in the special context of the Holy Land. The motivations and functioning of the American consuls in Jerusalem, and of the consular agents in Jaffa and Haifa, are analyzed as part of the US diplomatic and consular activity throughout the world, and of Western involvement in the Ottoman Empire and in Palestine during the century preceding WWI. The processes of cultural, demographic, economic, environmental and settlement change - sometimes at the expense of the local population - and the contribution of the US consuls and American settlers, both Christian and Jewish, to development and modernization of Palestine are discussed.

About the Author

Ruth Kark of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has written and edited books and numerous articles on the historical geography of Palestine and Israel. Her research interests include the study of concepts of land, land use, patterns if land ownership in Palestine in the 19th and 20th centuries, urban and rural settlement processes, and western influence on the Holy Land.