"In Episode #206 of Ottoman History Podcast, we had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Seikaly about this new work and explore how her analysis of class formation in Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s helps diagnose the current moment of interrupted Arab revolutions. While many Zionists alleged that Palestinians had not done enough to build their own state, Seikaly’s protagonists—her “men of capital” and “women of thrift”—suggest otherwise. Without access to the state apparatuses, she argues that Palestine’s Arab population could never be proper political subjects under British colonial rule in the same way as the yishuv. Instead, Palestinian capitalists made politics in the realms left available to them: personal profit and, in the case of Fuad Saba, funding the armed struggle against the mandate."
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