Men of Capital in Mandate Palestine

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In this episode, Sherene Seikaly discusses the intersection of politics and economics under the British Mandate in Palestine through the lens of Palestinian capitalists, who are the subject of her new book entitled Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press).

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Sherene Seikaly is Assistant Professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the editor of the Arab Studies Journal, and co-founder and editor of Jadaliyya e-zine. Seikaly's Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body. (see
Graham Auman Pitts is a PhD Candidate in Georgetown University's History department, where he studies the environmental history of the modern Middle East. He is currently finishing a dissertation entitled "Fallow Fields: Famine and the Making of Lebanon (1914-1952)," which probes the intersections of ecology, capital, and colonialism. (see


Episode No. 206
Release date: 30 October 2015
Recording Location: Georgetown University
Editing and production by Chris Gratien
Bibliography courtesy of Graham Pitts
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Sherene Seikaly, Men of Capital
(Stanford University Press, 2016)
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Sherene Seikaly, Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine, Stanford University Press, 2016.

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