The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies presents
Popular State Formation during "the Great Revolt" in Palestine (1936-1939), or, How Peasant Rebels Almost Overthrew British Rule
Featuring Charles Anderson
The Great Revolt has often been depicted as a disorderly and chaotic failure and, more damningly, as a catalyst of the Palestinians’ catastrophic defeat a decade later in 1948. Dr. Anderson’s talk presents an alternative reading that examines how the rebels pushed the British Mandate to the verge of collapse. It contends that the vigor of the Palestinian insurgency owed not only to its popular character and wide appeal among peasants, youth, and workers, but to the development of a vibrant organizational infrastructure that underpinned the uprising. By exploring the significance of key rebel institutions and the dynamics of popular state formation Dr. Anderson argues for a new understanding of this pivotal moment in Palestinian history and the history of the Mandate.
Charles Anderson is a recent graduate of the joint doctoral program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. This year he is a Jamal Daniel post-doctoral fellow at CCAS, where he is working on a manuscript about the Great Revolt in Palestine.
Elisabeth Sexton, CCAS Public Affairs Coordinator
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