Dr. Martin Bunton

Dr. Martin Bunton
Position
Professor
History
Credentials

BA (UBC), MA, DPhil (Oxon)

Contact
Office: CLE B223

Spring 2017 office hours

Wednesdays 2-3pm (or by appt.)

Area

Modern Middle Eastern History; World History; Colonial Land Policies

Bio

The bulk of my teaching has been in the field of modern Middle Eastern history, and I am especially interested in studying the history of the region in its global context. My first book focused on the making and remaking of colonial land policies in Palestine during the interwar period. The book is organised around two main themes: the legacy of Ottoman administrative practices and the borrowing of policies developed elsewhere in the British empire. These same themes also frame my organisation of the nine-volume collection of primary sources on land legislation in Palestine. My current research explores the development of land policies in Egypt during the period of British rule, 1882-1920, with a focus on land taxation, cadastral surveys, state lands, and agricultural credit.

Selected publications

Books:

  • Colonialism and the Modern World:  Selected Studies (o‑edited with G. Blue and R. Croizier). M.E. Sharpe, 2002. 
  • Colonial Land Policies in Palestine, 1917-1936. Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Land Legislation in Mandate Palestine (8 Volumes with Map Box edited set of primary sources). Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • A History of the Modern Middle East, 5th edition (co-authored with the late William L. Cleveland). Westview Press, 2013.
  • The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Selected Publications:

  • “Inventing a Tradition: Conformation to Ottoman Land Laws in British Palestine, 1917‑1936” in International History Review (March 1998).
  • “Demarcating the British Colonial State: Land Settlement in the Jiftlik Villages of Sajad and Qazaza” in Roger Owen, ed., New Perspectives on Property and Land in the Middle East (Harvard University Press, 2001).
  • “Mandate Daze: Stories of British Rule in Palestine, 1917‑1948”. Review essay in International Journal of Middle East Studies (August 2003).
  • “The Arab Middle East” in The Islamic World, edited by Andrew Rippin (Routledge, London, 2008).
  • “From Developmental Nationalism to the End of Nation-State in Iraq?” in Third World Quarterly, 29/3, 2008. 
  • "L'Enquête de Cadastre Britannique des Terres Agricoles  Égyptiennes (1897-1907)” in Maghreb-Machrek, N° 205 (Automne 2010).
  • “'Awakening’, ‘Spring’, ‘Revolution’: Understanding the Dynamics of the 2011 Arab Uprisings”, Bilge Strategi Dergisi (Istanbul: Wise Strategy, 2014).
  • "Après Nous le Déluge: Britain and the 1947 UN Palestine Partition Plan” in Journal of Modern Hellenism (2015).
  • "Seeing Like A Sound: Property Rights and Resource Management in Clayoquot Sound" in A Subtle Balance: Expertise, Evidence and Democracy in Policy and Governance, 1970-2010 (McGill-Queen’s, 2015).

Courses

HSTR 112 Introduction to 20th Century World History
HSTR 277A History of the Middle East, 1789 - WWII
HSTR 277B Hisotry of the Middle East since WWII
HSTR 378 History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
HSTR 379 Western Imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa
HSTR 479 Religion and State in the Modern Middle East

Special topics include:

Land and colonialism: a comparative study of the history of property rights

Grad students

Matthew Redmond, "The Nigerian adoption of Gandhi's discourse of colonial resistance"

Stephen Russo, "Land legislation, gender and families in Palestine during the 1920s"

Lesley Scowcroft, "The influence of Sir Reginald Coupland on the Peel Commission"

Chris Dawson, "Neo-liberalism and the Rule of Law: The Cairo housing market in the 1970s"

Amber Ayers, "Official debates on agricultural co-operatives in Palestine"

Adam Rasmi, "British efforts to survey the lands of Egypt, 1878-1907"