palestine week 4

palestine week 4 - Jason Mull 02-24-09 The Palestinians...

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Jason Mull 02-24-09 The Palestinians “Palestine in Transformation” Alexander Scholch European interest in Palestine during the 19 th and 20 th centuries was wide and varied. It ranged from a religious and cultural aspiration for the reclaiming of the “Holy Land,” to more practical economic and political incentives. Originally the land was thought to be far too exceptional a case to be owned by any single European country. Instead, each country established influence through the “protection” of various non-Muslim minorities within the Ottoman Empire. These goals were at odds, however, with European attempts to maintain the integrity and ward off the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Palestine had a clear and poignant religious and cultural importance to the west, and therefore control of this “Holy Land” by any one European power was thought of as unthinkable. Instead, European influence during the 19 th century was exercised by the “protection” of religious minorities. England and Prussia, for example, established a Protestant prescience, while
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