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The Population of Palestine: Population History and Statistics of the Late Ottoman Period and the Mandate (Institute for Palestine Studies Series) Hardcover – October 15, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0231071109 ISBN-10: 0231071108

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr (October 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231071108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231071109
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,432,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Justin McCarthy, a demographer and Ottomanist, is a Professor of History at the University of Louisville, and has written books and a number of articles on Middle East population and history.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dave Duncan on March 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This controversial subject has previously been treated with highly charged, political biases. The most obvious being Joan Peters' "From Time Immemorial" which is extremist propaganda.

McCarthy's book is the first truly un-biased, academic work I've seen on historical population surveys in this region and it is performed by a real scholar on this subject that is not an Arab, not Jewish, or someone with an agenda. It should be considered essential reading on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Harrington on November 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This source was used for too long as a reference on the subject, and indeed it featured on my research's list. But the writer working in Turkey (and denying the Armenian genocide btw) comes here with conclusions about the demography of a period when the registration was partial (ex. clandestine immigration) and still hard to be confirmed.

In fact he misuses his own source, Roberto Bachi, who had clearly stated: "The precise magnitude of Arab immigration into and within Palestine is unknown". The immeasurable unreported and undetected illegal immigration during the Ottoman Empire and British Mandate make any estimate nothing more than a bold guess. (It is simply the anti-thesis to From Time Immemorial written a few years before)
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