Acre: The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian City, 1730-1831 [NOOK Book]

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Thomas Philipp's study of Acre combines the most extensive use to date of local Arabic sources with commercial records in Europe to shed light on a region and power center many identify as the beginning of modern Palestinian history. The third largest city in eighteenth-century Syria—after Aleppo and Damascus—Acre was the capital of a politically and economically unique region on the Mediterranean coast that included what is today northern Israel and southern Lebanon. In the eighteenth century, Acre grew ...
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Acre: The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian City, 1730-1831

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Thomas Philipp's study of Acre combines the most extensive use to date of local Arabic sources with commercial records in Europe to shed light on a region and power center many identify as the beginning of modern Palestinian history. The third largest city in eighteenth-century Syria—after Aleppo and Damascus—Acre was the capital of a politically and economically unique region on the Mediterranean coast that included what is today northern Israel and southern Lebanon. In the eighteenth century, Acre grew dramatically from a small fishing village to a fortified city of some 25,000 inhabitants. Cash crops (first cotton, then grain) made Acre the center of trade and political power and linked it inextricably to the world economy. Acre was markedly different from other cities in the region: its urban society consisted almost exclusively of immigrants seeking their fortune.

The rise and fall of Acre in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Thomas Philipp argues, must be seen against the background of the decay of central power in the Ottoman empire. Destabilization of imperial authority allowed for the resurfacing of long-submerged traditional power centers and the integration of Arab regions into European and world economies. This larger imperial context proves the key to addressing many questions about the local history of Acre and its peripheries. How were the new sources of wealth and patterns of commerce that remade Acre reconciled with traditional forms of political power and social organization? Were these forms really traditional? Or did entirely new classes develop under the circumstances of an immigrant society and new commercial needs? And why did Acre, after such propitious beginnings as a center of export trade and political and military power strong enough to defy Napoleon, give way to the dazzling rise of Beirut in the nineteenth century? For centuries the object of the Crusader's fury and the trader's envy, Acre is here restored to its full significance at a crucial moment in Middle Eastern history.
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Booknews
Philipp provides a local history of the city of Acre on the Syrian coast<-->the first region in the Arab East to be closely linked to the modern European world economy. Philipp describes the highways, sea lanes and populations of southwest Syria in the eighteenth century; the political history of Acre; the unique economic and trade opportunities in the area, the ways in which they were used, and how they contributed to the political developments of the region; the shaping of the military and the government of Acre; and the urban society which evolved in Acre. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal of Palestine Studies
Both scholars and lay readers will appreciate Philipp's decision to relegate detailed information on population, trade, and administrative structure to appendices that constitute about a third of the book... Future researchers interested in these questions will thank their stars for Philipp's solid research on the key actors, events, and overall political context of this fascinating chapter in the history of Ottoman Palestine.

— Beshara B. Doumani

International History Review

Philipp's book provides a testament to the dynamism of eighteenth-century societies.

History

Philipp's Acre is a solid and noteworthy piece of research and brings to the fore important and much-overlooked aspects of the history of the period and area.

American Historical Review
Philipp has mined his... sources intelligently and judicially to capture Acre's moment in history.

— Philip S. Khoury

Journal of Palestine Studies - Beshara B. Doumani

Both scholars and lay readers will appreciate Philipp's decision to relegate detailed information on population, trade, and administrative structure to appendices that constitute about a third of the book... Future researchers interested in these questions will thank their stars for Philipp's solid research on the key actors, events, and overall political context of this fascinating chapter in the history of Ottoman Palestine.

American Historical Review - Philip S. Khoury

Philipp has mined his... sources intelligently and judicially to capture Acre's moment in history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231506038
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: History and Society of the Modern Middle East
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author


Thomas Philipp, professor of politics and modern history of the Middle East at Erlangen University in Germany, has taught at Harvard, Dartmouth, and Shiraz universities.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Southwest Syria in the Eighteenth Century: Highways, Sea Lanes, and Populations 9
2 The Politics of Acre 29
3 Trade: Local Rulers and the World Economy 94
4 Government: The Military and Administration 136
5 Society and Its Structure in Acre 170
Concluding Observations 187
App. A The Population of Acre 193
App. B Trade: Tables and Figures 197
App. C Administrative Positions and Their Occupants 215
App. D: Maps 223
Notes 233
Translations 267
Bibliography 277
Index 283
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