Acre: The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian City, 1730-1831 by Thomas Philipp

By Thomas Philipp

Thomas Philipp's research of Acre combines the main broad use thus far of neighborhood Arabic resources with advertisement files in Europe to make clear a quarter and tool heart many determine because the starting of contemporary Palestinian heritage. The 3rd biggest urban in eighteenth-century Syria—after Aleppo and Damascus—Acre was once the capital of a politically and economically distinctive sector at the Mediterranean coast that integrated what's at the present time northern Israel and southern Lebanon. within the eighteenth century, Acre grew dramatically from a small fishing village to a fortified urban of a few 25,000 population. money plants (first cotton, then grain) made Acre the guts of alternate and political energy and associated it inextricably to the realm economic climate. Acre was once markedly various from different towns within the sector: its city society consisted nearly completely of immigrants looking their fortune.

The upward push and fall of Acre within the eighteenth and 19th centuries, Thomas Philipp argues,...

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Title. II. Series. 94'5—dc21 2001047080 A Columbia University Press E-book. edu. To the memory of my father, whose conversations I still miss CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Introduction 1. Southwest Syria in the Eighteenth Century: Highways, Sea Lanes, and Populations 2. The Politics of Acre 3. Trade: Local Rulers and the World Economy 4. Government: The Military and Administration 5. Society and Its Structure in Acre Concluding Observations APPENDIX A. The Population of Acre APPENDIX B. Trade: Tables and Figures APPENDIX C.

Factors such as safety, expenditure, and road quality are quickly responded to. ” Most often they were tourists and pilgrims at the same time and were keen to put down their experiences in writing. Their reports—together with those of traveling scholars from Egypt or Damascus, or of government representatives and messengers from Istanbul—tell us a great deal about the changing conditions of the road network. The first observation we can make is that even for the purpose of tourism travel was not as individual as all that.

The conceptual framework “Palestine” sits awkwardly, since it is neither an administrative nor a fiscal entity and Cohen has to move around, treating the two vilayets of Damascus and Sidon in addition to the sancaḳ of Jerusalem. I have relied on his very thorough research wherever appropriate. The main focus of the present study is on Acre and its hinterland as a political and economic entity, regardless of Ottoman administrative borders. The development of the regional history during the period is seen in close relation to its economic links with Europe.

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