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July 1991
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Little Common Ground
Arab Agriculture and Jewish Settlement in Palestine, 1920-1948
Kamen, Charles
Kamen examines the structure of Arab Palestine between the two world wars. He contrasts British and Israeli analyses against the real world social and economic conditions of rural Arab society, and the basis of its underlying conflict with Israel.

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Charles S. Kamen is Senior Director of the Department of Social and Welfare Statistics of the Central Bureau of Statistics in Jerusalem.
“Kamen has not only met the scholarly challenges, he has also produced a book that deserves to be admired for its intelligence and thorough honesty. . . . Scholarship of this sort is worthy of the highest praise.”—Middle East Journal

“A scholarly analysis of the Arab agricultural society and the development of the Jewish agricultural movement in the decades just before the establishment of the nation. . . . Kamen's study sheds much light on some of the basic differences which underlie the conflicts which endure today.”—B'nai Brith Messenger

“Relying on Zionist and Israeli State Archives, published official British documents, and numerous secondary sources, Kamen here analyzes the effects of Jewish land purchases and settlement on Palestinian Arabs and their agriculture during the British Mandate era. . . . Recommended for all Middle East collections.”—Choice

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Arabs and Jews have disputed the ancient lands of Palestine since the late nineteenth century, when Jews began emigrating there, buying land, and establishing farms, settlements, and businesses. In this book, Kamen examines the structure of Arab Palestine between the two world wars. He contrasts British and Israeli analyses against real world social and economic conditions of rural Arab society.
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