Review by Choice Review
A well-written and informative scholarly collection of papers on the historical geography of Israel. The volume includes historical background but emphasizes mainly the technological, institutional, and organizational changes that have occurred in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of European Christian and Jewish settlement of Palestine (the latter including an American Jewish settlement plan as well). At the same time, the essays do not neglect traditional Arab village and nomadic (Bedouin) life as these adapted or reacted to the innovations of Western settlement. There is also an interesting essay on the uniqueness of the Bahai faith in Israel. The collection reflects the maturity of historical geography as an academic discipline in modern Israel and should be a welcome addition to the serious literature on Palestine and Israel in the modern period. The volume includes a fine selection of old plates and aerial photographs. Useful for academic collections in history, political science, and geography as well as for public libraries. -S. Bowman, University of Cincinnati
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