It is commonly accepted that the initial Jewish resettlement of the Holy Land in the late nineteenth century laid the foundations of the State of Israel. But what were the key elements of that process, and who implemented it? What did the new enterprise look like, and what was its significance? These important yet often poorly understood issues are reconstructed and analyzed in this unique study. Ran Aaronsohn provides fresh insight into the role played by Baron Edmond de Rothschild through his many and diverse agents ('the administration') in the Jewish settlement movement and places the endeavor in global perspective by comparing it to the phenomenon of colonization throughout the world.
Ran Aaronsohn is senior lecturer in geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous publications in historical geography, concentrating on the reshaping of contemporary Palestine.
Chapter 1 Introduction: On Colonization: Some Theoretical and Practical Aspects Part 2 Part I: Baron Rothschild and the Jewish Colonies: Stages of Involvement Chapter 3 The Pre-Rothschild Years-Sporadic Development Chapter 4 First Overtures, 1882-1883 Chapter 5 Deepening Ties, 1883-1887 Chapter 6 A Relationship Solidified, 1887-1890 Part 7 Part II: The Rothschild Administration, Action and Impact Chapter 8 Responsibilities of the Administration Chapter 9 Administrators and Clerks Chapter 10 Agronomists and Technicians Chapter 11 Communal Workers Chapter 12 Other Employees Part 13 Part III: The Jewish Colonies in 1890: The Mark of the Baron Chapter 14 The End of a Decade Chapter 15 Layout and Architecture Chapter 16 Farm and Economy Chapter 17 Society and Culture Chapter 18 Epilogue: Early Jewish Colonization: Figures and Features