In December 1917, British troops entered Jerusalem, thereby ending Ottoman rule and opening a new and important era in the history of Jerusalem. Roberto Mazza discusses the period of transition from Ottoman rule to the British administration, focusing on the socio-political changes from the nineteenth century to the twentieth, the impact of the First World War and the ongoing development of Jerusalem into the vibrant city it has become. He considers the impact of the change in administration on the local population and uses case studies to provide new perspectives on this often overlooked period in Jerusalem's history.
Roberto Mazza is Assistant Professor of History at Western Illinois University. He holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London and is the co-editor of Jerusalem in World War I: The Palestine Diary of a European Diplomat (I.B.Tauris).
Lists of Tables List of Maps List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Glossary Introduction Chapter 1: Modernising Jerusalem: Administration and Population From Ottoman to Egyptian rule and back From the Tanzimat to the Young Turks through the Hamidian era: patterns of governance and administration The Sancak and the Mutasarrif The Municipality of Jerusalem The Councils ruling Jerusalem The Notables of Jerusalem in the late Ottoman era The People of Jerusalem (1905-1922): figures and definitions Chapter 2: Christianity at War The Christian Churches of Jerusalem in history Patriarchates between the Ottomans and the European Powers The Churches and the Capitulations 'Peace' among Christians: the Status Quo, origins and developments Christian Churches facing mobilisation and war The Custody of the Holy Land The Custody in the aftermath of the war: local and international dimensions The strange allies: Arab Christians and Muslims together Chapter 3: Foreigners in Jerusalem Visiting Jerusalem Consulates Foreigners and the War Consul of War: Conde de Ballobar Consular missions in the aftermath of the War Chapter 4: The War and the British conquest of Jerusalem Preparing for war: mobilisation of human, material and ideological resources The real value of Jerusalem at the beginning of the war The British conquest of Jerusalem: 9 December 1917 'Gerusalemme Liberata' 'A dramatic incident of war': the surrender of Jerusalem Jerusalem conquered: local, British and international reactions The end of the last Crusade? Chapter 5: British Military Rule 1917-1920 and the case of the Nebi Musa Riots Military rule: 1917-1920 The 'despot' ruler of Jerusalem: Ronald Storrs Planning Jerusalem April 1920: Nebi Musa Riots Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index