Men of capital examines british ruled palestine in the 1930s and 1940s through a focus on economy in a departure from the expected histories of palestine this book illuminates dynamic class constructions that aimed to shape a pan arab utopia in terms of free trade profit accumulation and private property. Men of capital is one of those rare books that attempts to write about how palestine was before the creation of the state of israel from a unique and original perspective. Mandate economic control regime and the manner in which it advanced the interests of zionist colonization and economy no less significantly this regime dashed many of the more lofty aspirations and nave expectations of the men of capital whose patriotic affiliations and material. Palestine men of capital scarcity and economy in mandate palestine by sherene seikaly stanford ca stanford university press 2016 258 pages 85 cloth 2495 paper 2495 e book reviewed by amos nadan sherene seikaly has written an eye opening book on the history of an elite pal estinian arab group during the 1930s and. But under wartime austerity men of capital were no longer the vanguard of a profitable productive future but the managers of a crisis of scarcity calling for patience and demanding government respect the integrity of its colonial promises and allied principles p 126
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