Elektrizität und das „Empire“: Palästina der 1920er-Jahre unter britischer Kontrolle

Translated title of the contribution: Electricity and Empire in 1920s Palestine under British Rule

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Abstract

This article examines some techno-political aspects of the early years of electrification in British-ruled 1920s Palestine. It emphasizes the importance of local technical, topographical and hydrological forms of knowledge for understanding the dynamics of electrification. Situating the analysis in a general colonial context of electrification, the study shows that British colonial rulers lagged behind both German firms and local entrepreneurs in understanding the specific conditions pertaining to electrification in Palestine. Subsequently, the study shows that the British had limited control of the actual electrification process and its declared/professed developmental purposes, thereby complicating assumptions about electrification as a tool of the Empire/tool of empire. Finding some similarities between the cases of electrifying Palestine and India, the article’s findings may shed further light on the importance of micro-politics of knowledge for understanding the trajectory of electrification in the colonies.

Translated title of the contributionElectricity and Empire in 1920s Palestine under British Rule
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)451-480
Number of pages30
JournalNTM International Journal of History and Ethics of Natural Sciences, Technology and Medicine
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Colonialism
  • Electricity
  • Hydroelectricity
  • Hydropower
  • Palestine
  • Technopolitics

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