The Arabic Press and Nationalism in Palestine, 1920-1948

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Mass Communications


Henry Schulte


Innovation, Modernization, Liberalism, Journalism, Cultural imperialism, Politics

Subject Categories

Mass Communication


Historically, the modernization process developed in Western Europe and North America from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century and then spread to other European countries. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the process caught on in the developing nations of South America, Asia and Africa, which were described by Bertrand Russell as "economically but not culturally backward." ... The press, one of the most important innovations in the developing countries, developed as a result of Western influence. ... Newspapers were considered important organs for reaching the public. Colonial governments published their own periodicals in order to servce the interests of imperialism... On the other hand, the nationalist press was important for the expression of the new ideas of intellectuals and reformers. For developing nations, journalism is essential for public enlightenment and political action.


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