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California Dreaming
Ideology, Society, and Technology in the Citrus Industry of Palestine, 1890-1939
California Dreaming
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Nahum Karlinsky - Author
SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Price: $45.00 
Hardcover - 284 pages
Release Date: August 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6527-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6527-1

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Paperback - 284 pages
Release Date: June 2012
ISBN10: 0-7914-6528-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6528-8

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Multidisciplinary study of the citrus industry in Palestine before World War II.

The citrus industry of Palestine has often been associated with the myths and ideals of the Labor Movement and its Zionist-Socialist ideology. The Jaffa orange, like the young pioneer and the collective kibbutz, was emblematic of a colonizing meta-narrative that marginalized or even denounced the private entrepreneurs—both Arabs and Jews—who were the true founders and proponents of the flourishing citrus industry in Palestine. California Dreaming reveals that these private entrepreneurs regarded the California citrus industry as their primary model of emulation. Utilizing an innovative multidisciplinary approach, Nahum Karlinsky vividly reconstructs the social fabric, economic structure, and ideological tenets of the Jewish citrus industry of Palestine in the early twentieth century. Also accentuated is the role of Palestinian-Arab citrus growers, whose industry predated that of their Jewish counterparts, and the complex relationship between the two national sectors that operated side by side.

“…the book is a substantial and fascinating contribution to the history of the Yishuv. Karlinsky captures the complexity and development of a key industry … in a nuanced and multi-layered way that should be congratulated.” — Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies

“…full of new material and useful statistics … makes a notable addition to a little-studied aspect of Middle Eastern economic history.” — Agricultural History

“…marks an important … contribution to the literature on the economy and society of late Ottoman and Mandate Palestine. It is important because, along with the work of pioneering scholars of the Yishuv such as Yossi Katz, it demonstrates how important private capital was to the growth and development of the Jewish community in Palestine.” — Journal of Palestine Studies

"Karlinsky displays considerable gifts as an economist through the handling of the book's massive quantities of data, as a historian of science through his careful study of Jewish agricultural technological innovation, as a business historian through a well-informed depiction of entrepreneurial ideal-types, and as a biographer through his sensitive portrayals of capitalist pioneers." — Derek J. Penslar, author of Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe

"This English-language edition of Karlinsky's valuable study of the development of the citrus industry in Palestine deserves a wide readership. Historians of the Middle East will learn from his detailed analysis of the ideologies and technologies of Jewish and Arab growers. The book also merits attention from historians of the American West, who will understand anew the global reach of California culture." — Stephen Aron, author of How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay

Nahum Karlinsky is Senior Lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.


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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
List of Tables
Preface

1. The Tantalizing Aroma of Citrus Blossoms

PART I. IDEOLOGICAL PLATFORM

2. Degania or Petah Tikva?: Private Enterprise in the Worldview of Jewish Citrus Growers in Palestine and Their Opponents

PART II. SOCIAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL PLATFORM

3. Spatial Distribution and Social and Entrepreneurial Profile

PART III. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS

4. From Jaffa to Petah Tikva: Technological Development in Citriculture during the Ottoman Period

5. Technological Innovation during the Mandate Era

6. Technological Innovations in Arab Citriculture

PART IV. GROWING PAINS

7. Pursuit of Profit

8. The British Mandate Government's Policy toward the Citrus Industry

9. Attempts to Establish a Cartel

10. Conclusion: Jewish Citriculture as a Private-Enterprise Industry

Notes
Bibliography
Index


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