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The Coastal Plains

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Improving trade conditions and improved security encouraged export-oriented agriculture and settlement throughout the coastal plains. The period between the 1860s and 1908 witnessed a general expansion of cultivated land and a revival of settlements, similar to that described for the Jerusalem and Hebron mountains in this chapter. Through the economic boom of the second half of the nineteenth century and the mechanisms of Ottoman local administration, the urban elites of Jaffa and Gaza increased their control over their respective hinterlands, and gradually a trend set in that led towards greater regional integration. The chapter presents case study that shows how the trends and developments affected the life of an individual resident of Jaffa and his family. From a wider perspective, the four regional studies in the chapter have yielded results that help to distinguish between the common and the specific within late Ottoman Palestinian society.

Keywords: coastal plains; Gaza region; Jaffa region; Ottoman Palestinian society



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