1949: The First Israelis / Edition 1
  • 1949: The First Israelis / Edition 1
  • 1949: The First Israelis / Edition 1

1949: The First Israelis / Edition 1

by Tom Segev
     
 

The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

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Overview

The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the state's leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confront--and divide--Israeli society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805058963
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
515,234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Ten Years Laterv
Introductionix
Part IBetween Jews and Arabs1
1.The Green Line3
2.Face to Face43
3.Dividing the Spoils68
Part IIBetween Veterans and Newcomers93
4.The First Million95
5.Working and Fighting Hands117
6.Nameless People155
Part IIIBetween the Orthodox and the Secular195
7.Each in the Name of His God197
8.The Battle for the Sabbath233
Part IVBetween Vision and Reality263
9.The Quest for a National Identity265
10.Codfish with Everything296
Notes324
Bibliography368
Index372

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