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This chapter reconstructs how 'Palestine' was constituted as a social space by different sorts of interaction between individual people and groups. It mainly focuses on politics, using a wide definition of the term as the sphere where collectively binding decisions are taken for the whole of a given social group. The ensemble of all the institutions that function to produce such collectively binding decisions can be described as the political system. With regard to the three dimensions in which the political is usually described - polity, politics and policy, the chapter focuses on the dimensions of polity and politics. It mainly focuses on two conditions: the institutions of local society and those of the Ottoman Empire, the contention being that European penetration into Palestine and the Levant was a crucial challenge to the Ottoman government, but that it is nevertheless not to be overestimated.

Keywords: Levant; local society; Ottoman Empire; Ottoman government; Palestine; political system; politics; polity



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