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Will the Real Palestinian Peasantry Please Sit Down? Towards a New History of British Rule in Palestine, 1917-36

In this seminar, Dr Charles Anderson will discuss his paper which is part of a broader argument for a history from below of Arab society under the Palestine Mandate.  By reexamining the political economy of the countryside under the first 18 years of British rule and the responses of peasants and ex-peasants to the escalating pressures they faced, it contends that greater attention to the history of the rural majority has much to teach us.  In tandem, it advances an analysis of the Mandatory regime as a liberal despotism, the policies of which consolidated the emergence of a “landless class” that ultimately rose against it during the multifaceted rebellion known as the Great Revolt (1936-39).

This seminar forms part of the 'Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA Research Theme'. 

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Event Details

Speaker: Dr Charles Anderson, Georgetown University
Chair:  Dr John Chalcraft, LSE
Date:  Tuesday 20 May 2014
Time: 16.30-18.30
Location: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn, LSE
Attendance: This is a registration-only event.Please register using the online system.



Charles Anderson trained at New York University in the joint Ph.D. program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Dr Anderson has taught at NYU, Rutgers University, and Bard College. His research and teaching have focused on imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and anti-colonialism, social movements, youth, peasants and peasant politics, the history of Palestine/Israel (especially the British Mandate period), U.S. foreign policy, neoliberalism, and neoconservatism. In the past year he was a Jamal Daniel postdoctoral fellow for the Levant at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. In the fall, Dr Anderson will take up a position in the history department at Western Washington University in Washington state.

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