Reading Critique 3

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Mohamed Rajani Dr. Anita Rapone HON 308 Feb 24 th , 2009 Reading Critique III The early parts in the second chapter of Ilan Pappe’s  A History of Modern Palestine,  “Between Tyranny and War (1900-1918),” encapsulates the final years sof Abdul Hamid’s  tenure as leader of the Ottoman Empire. The authority of the Ottoman Empire was shrinking at  an alarming rate as anti-Ottoman sentiment spread across the empire. To counter this threat,  Abdul Hamid began promoting the concept of ‘Ottoman Nationalism’ amongst his people in  effect establishing a “police state that used violence to centralize the empire” while “destroying  any forces threatening to take it apart.” (Pappe, 43). But he knew violence was not the ultimate  solution to the waning Ottoman authority. He, therefore, engaged the local elite, in Palestine at  least, in the political and administrative process. This was largely a means to garner support  from the local population. The local Palestinian support, however, was not enough to counter  the growing discontent in the region against the Ottoman rule leading to the end of Abdul  Hamid’s reign in 1908. The chapter further focuses on the post-Great War events in Palestine. Palestine was 
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