This book is a historical study of the survey and mapping system of Palestine under the British Mandate. It traces the background and the reasoning behind the establishment of the survey programme, examines the foundations upon which the system was based, and strives to understand the motivation of those who implemented it. This study shows that the roots of the modern survey system of Palestine are to be sought in the Balfour Declaration and its implications regarding land in Palestine. The land issue was at the core of the mapping of Mandatory Palestine, and it remains as a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Pt. I: The historical background to the survey of Palestine -- 1. The first maps based on original surveys -- 2. The transitional period : from the land problem under the military administration to the survey system of the government of Palestine -- Pt. II: The survey system -- 3. Organising the system -- 4. Geodetic and cartographic considerations -- Pt. III: The cadastral survey -- 5. The survey and land settlement systems, 1920-1927 -- 6. The cadastral maps -- 7. The survey and land settlement systems, 1928-1948 --Pt. IV: The topographic map -- 8. The topographic map : a national monument -- 9. The 1:100,000 topographic map : layout, structure, sources -- Pt. V: The map of mandate Palestine -- 10. The map of Palestine and the imperial cartographic system -- App. A: Survey ordinances of Palestine -- App. B: High commissioners for Palestine -- App. C: Biographical summaries of the personalities associated with the mandate survey
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st October 2004