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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53883
Doc. No:TL23837
Call number:‭NR41022‬
Main Entry:Jane Power
Title & Author:Different drummer, same parade: Britain's Palestine Labour Department, 1942–1948Jane Power
College:Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Date:2007
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2007
Page No:376
Abstract:This thesis examines a longstanding object of scholarly inquiry — the degree and nature of Palestine's distinction from other settler colonies — in light of two developing fields. Some historians now examine the social history of Palestine; others, twentieth-century British colonial theory and practice. The topic of labour administration in the British mandatory government — the work of the Palestine Labour Department from 1942 to 1948 — brings together the two perspectives. The thesis first surveys pressures on British colonial policy during the interwar period and the responses of the Colonial Office and colonial administrators. In particular, policies and programs reflected a growing importance accorded to colonial workers, both settlers and so-called 'natives," as the approach of World War II revealed Britain's dependence on colonial stability to protect vital material and strategic resources. As it places the Palestine mandate in this context and analyzes the operation of the Palestine Labour Department, the thesis refers to the example of Northern Rhodesia, another colony with highly organized settler workers and a coalescing "native" workforce. Drawing mainly on British and mandate government records, the thesis presents the department's aims, achievements, and deficiencies in light of support and hindrance from external political and economic forces and other parts of government. Examination of one protracted and ultimately uncompleted project, an attempt to set up a system of government-run labour exchanges, provides a detailed example of the strengths and vulnerabilities, strategies and tactics, of the agencies and interests that shaped labour administration in the mandate. The thesis argues that the Palestine Labour Department shared in the pressures from government and external forces that commonly affected contemporary colonial labour departments. At the same time, the distinctive characteristics of Palestine and its workforce required a labour department that differed in composition from its counterparts. That difference in experience and outlook made Palestine's labour agency a forerunner of the social service agencies of the succeeding phase of colonial administration. Keywords Palestine; mandate; British empire; colonial labour Subject Terms Palestine — history — 1917-1948; Palestine — politics and government; Palestine — economic policy: Palestinian Arabs Call No. HD 850 P 2007
Subject:Social sciences; British Empire; Colonial policy; Mandate; Palestine Labour Department; Middle Eastern history; European history; International law; 0335:European history; 0333:Middle Eastern history; 0616:International law
Added Entry:Simon Fraser University (Canada)