The problems involved in the analysis of the recent economic and social history of Palestine are formidable. Some of them stem from the usual difficulties which face anyone trying to examine the structures and processes belonging to any part of the non-European world in the days before reliable censuses or an adequate survey of the pattern of rural landholding. But others, of course, derive directly from Palestine’s own special history as a country in which the role of politics—and of sudden political change—has been unusually large. The invasion of the country by the British in 1917, the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in 1967, all represent abrupt changes of regime with enormous conse-quences for local economic and social arrangements. More insidiously, the constant play of passion and political calculation has meant that much of the information which does exist has been coloured to a greater or lesser extent by the way in which it has been used to support this or that tendentious argument, this or that piece of special pleading.
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