Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and the Struggle for Palestine, 1880-1948 / Edition 1

Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and the Struggle for Palestine, 1880-1948 / Edition 1

by Mark LeVine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520243714

ISBN-13: 9780520243712

Pub. Date: 05/02/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

This landmark book offers a truly integrated perspective for understanding the formation of Jewish and Palestinian Arab identities and relations in Palestine before 1948. Beginning with the late Ottoman period Mark LeVine explores the evolving history and geography of two cities: Jaffa, one of the oldest ports in the world, and Tel Aviv, which was born

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This landmark book offers a truly integrated perspective for understanding the formation of Jewish and Palestinian Arab identities and relations in Palestine before 1948. Beginning with the late Ottoman period Mark LeVine explores the evolving history and geography of two cities: Jaffa, one of the oldest ports in the world, and Tel Aviv, which was born alongside Jaffa and by 1948 had annexed it as well as its surrounding Arab villages. Drawing from a wealth of untapped primary sources, including Ottoman records, Jaffa Shari'a court documents, town planning records, oral histories, and numerous Zionist and European archival sources, LeVine challenges nationalist historiographies of Jaffa and Tel Aviv, revealing the manifold interactions of the Jewish and Palestinian Arab communities that lived there.

At the center of the book is a discussion of how Tel Aviv's self-definition as the epitome of modernity affected its and Jaffa's development and Jaffa's own modern pretenses as well. As he unravels this dynamic, LeVine provides new insights into how popular cultures and public spheres evolved in this intersection of colonial, modern, and urban space. He concludes with a provocative discussion of how these discourses affected the development of today's unified city of Tel Aviv–Yafo and, through it, Israeli and Palestinian identities within in and outside historical Palestine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520243712
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/02/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
457
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Modern cities, colonial spaces, and the struggle for modernity in the eastern Mediterranean15
2From cedars to oranges : a history of the Jaffa-Tel Aviv region from antiquity to the late Ottoman period28
3Taming the Sahara : the birth of Tel Aviv and the last years of Ottoman rule60
4Crossing the border : intercommunal relations in the Jaffa-Tel Aviv region during the Mandate period84
5A nation from the sands? : images of Jaffa and Tel Aviv in Palestinian Arab, Zionist, and Israeli literature, poetry, and prose121
6Ceci N'est Pas Jaffa (This is not Jaffa) : architecture, planning, and the evolution of national identities in Jaffa and Tel Aviv, 1880-1948152
7Planning to conquer : the role of town planning in the expansion of Tel Aviv, 1921-1948182
8The new-old Jaffa : locating the urban, the public, and the modern in Tel Aviv's Arab neighborhood215

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