Tuten's specialty is modern Middle East history, with an
emphasis on the Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also teaches
Jewish history and modern World history. His research interests
are (1) land tenure in the Middle East and Palestine/Israel and
(2) nationalism in the Middle East, particularly Zionism and
Palestinian Arab nationalism. Related to his work, Dr. Tuten has
visited Egypt, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, and England.
During his six-month stay in Iraq (2005) he was working for the
US government. Here is Dr.
Tuten's book, Between Capital and Land: The Jewish National
Fund's Finances and Land-Purchase Priorities in Palestine,
1939-1945, was published in 2005 by RoutledgeCurzon as part
of its Israeli History, Politics and Society series.
This book shows
how the Jewish National Fund proved to be flexible in its
fundraising to obtain its land-purchase objectives during the
Second World War. It provides a detailed examination of the
Jewish National Fund's internal development and analyses the
relationship between Jewish National Fund finances and land
purchase priorities. A valuable addition to recent
re-evaluations of Israeli history and institutions, this book
will be of interest to those researching Palestinian history,
Jewish and Israeli history and the history of the modern Middle
reviews of Between Capital and Land
"as one of
the few archive-based studies of the JNF, Between Capital and
Land should be carried by libraries and consulted by
interested specialists and students."
Forman (Department of Geography, Hebrew University of
Jerusalem), International Journal of Middle East Studies
38, No.2 (May 2006), 318-319.
is a welcome addition to the limited but growing body of studies
of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) by independent researchers,
supplementing an extensive in-house literature by JNF staff and
--Walter Lehn, Journal of Palestine Studies 35, No.3
(April 2006), 122-123.
Dr. Tuten is
married with two boys. Along with spending time with his family
and friends, he loves music (eclectic, but deeply into jazz),
reading outside his field (when he has time), sports (tennis,
golf, football, basketball), and anything that flies (from paper
airplanes to RCs).