Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967 (review)

Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967 (review) Book Reviews upon extensive use of archival documentation both on the Ottoman and German sides of the official correspondence as well as within the internal Russian diplomacy, makes this study an important contribution to Ottoman military and political history. m. erdem kabadayi Istanbul Bilgi University Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917­1967. By ilana feldman. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008. 344 pp. $84.95 (cloth); $23.95 (paper). Histories of Israel-Palestine have been dominated by political biographies and diplomatic studies, but a growing number of researchers have been writing social histories that focus on the ordinary and everyday instead of the famous and infamous. With keen attention to the diffuseness of power in modern life, Ilana Feldman's Governing Gaza explores the everyday working lives of Gazan bureaucrats employed under the British Mandate (1917­1948) and the Egyptian Administration (1948­1967). Governing Gaza is a theoretically informed and an evidence-rich contribution to scholarship on colonialism, bureaucracy, and the Middle East. Feldman combed through the archives of government offices and religious records in Gaza, Cairo, and Jerusalem; interviewed retired employees; and observed contemporary government offices. She argues that despite an extremely unstable circumstance under two different foreign occupations, "ordinary bureaucratic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-1967 (review)

Journal of World History, Volume 22 (3) – Sep 4, 2011

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Book Reviews upon extensive use of archival documentation both on the Ottoman and German sides of the official correspondence as well as within the internal Russian diplomacy, makes this study an important contribution to Ottoman military and political history. m. erdem kabadayi Istanbul Bilgi University Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917­1967. By ilana feldman. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008. 344 pp. $84.95 (cloth); $23.95 (paper). Histories of Israel-Palestine have been dominated by political biographies and diplomatic studies, but a growing number of researchers have been writing social histories that focus on the ordinary and everyday instead of the famous and infamous. With keen attention to the diffuseness of power in modern life, Ilana Feldman's Governing Gaza explores the everyday working lives of Gazan bureaucrats employed under the British Mandate (1917­1948) and the Egyptian Administration (1948­1967). Governing Gaza is a theoretically informed and an evidence-rich contribution to scholarship on colonialism, bureaucracy, and the Middle East. Feldman combed through the archives of government offices and religious records in Gaza, Cairo, and Jerusalem; interviewed retired employees; and observed contemporary government offices. She argues that despite an extremely unstable circumstance under two different foreign occupations, "ordinary bureaucratic

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