Boundary limitation is a crucial issue in the Middle East, and the boundaries marked out during the years 1840 to 1947 are still one of the major issues in today's political discussions concerning Israel and its surrounding countries.
This book, which is based on extensive archival research, deals with the first stage of the delimitation of the boundaries of modern Palestine, between the years 1840 and 1947. During this period, the boundaries of Palestine were staked out by foreign, imperial forces (Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire) which placed them according to their desires, without considering local needs or ideas. For the first time, thanks to the fascinating evidence revealed in archives, this invaluable book reveals the hidden ambitions; the motives of different agents; and the stories of those involved in the process as well as the eventual outcome of their work - the first delimitation of the Holy Land in the modern era.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the boundary and its role in historical-political existence 1. The delimitation of the country and the end of the Ottoman empire 2. The allocation stage: world War I and the division of the Middle East 3. The southern boundary during the British Empire 4. The northern boundary: from allocation to delimitation 5. The northern boundary: demarcation and administration 6. The eastern boundary 7. Te partition plans, 1937-1947 Conclusion
'Gideon Biger, is to be commended for writing a book of solid scholarly worth...The Boundaries of Modern Palestine ought to be required reading for the statesman as well as for the advanced student' - Aharon Klieman, Tel Aviv University, Studies in Contemporary Jewry An Annual, 2008