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Zionism, more than any other social and political movement in the modern era, has completely and fundamentally altered the self-image of the Jewish people and its relations with the non-Jewish world. As the dominant expression of Jewish nationalism, Zionism revolutionized the very concept of Jewish peoplehood, taking upon itself the transformation of the Jewish people from a minority into a majority, and from a diaspora community into a territorial one. Bringing together for the first time the work of the most distinguished historians of Zionism and the Yishuv (pre-state Israeli society), much never before translated into English, this volume offers a comprehensive treatment of the history of Zionism. The contributions are diverse, examining such topics as the ideological development of the Jewish nationalist movement, Zionism and the diaspora, Zionist trends in the Land of Israel, relations between Jews, Arabs, and the British in Palestine, and Zionism as a movement of cultural renaissance.
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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Book World
The volume presents the latest scholarship in the field of Zionism and the yishuv. All articles, with one exception, were published after 1980 and include contributions by leading scholars, including the editors. The 31 pieces are divided into five areas: Origins; Diaspora and Zionism; Zionist Trends in Eretz Israel -- Ideology and Reality; The Fateful Triangle: Jews, Arabs, and the British; and Cultural Questions. This selection is intended for the researcher, the student and the reader interested in learning how Zionism created a new and different type of Jewish civilization unknown to earlier generations.
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"Provides a comprehensive treatment of the history of Zionism, one of the few great success stories in ideological movements, and movements of national liberation in the twentieth century. Few are more qualified to edit a volume on this subject than Anita Shapira and Jehuda Reinharz."

-Chaim Herzog,Former President of Israel

"The most comprehensive collection of articles on the history of Zionism, covering all its aspects, written by the leading experts in the field, a unique, indispensable work for all serious students of the subject."

-Walter Laqueur,author of A History of Zionism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814774496
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: Essential Papers on Jewish Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 2.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Jehuda Reinharz is Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History and President of Brandeis University. He is the coeditor and author of numerous volumes, including Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Statesman.

Anita Shapria is Professor of Jewish History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University. She is the coeditor and author of several volumes, including Land and Power: The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Forerunners of Zionism 33
2 People and Land in Modern Jewish Nationalism 46
3 The First Aliyah: Ideological Roots and Practical Accomplishments 63
4 Tradition and Nationalism 94
5 The Afflictions of the Jews and the Afflictions of Zionism: The Meaning and Consequences of the "Uganda" Controversy 119
6 The Rejection of the Diaspora in Zionist Thought: Two Approaches 133
7 Work for the Land of Israel and "Work in the Present": A Concept of Unity, a Reality of Contradiction 161
8 Zionist Success and Zionist Failure: The Case of East Central Europe between the Wars 171
9 Representations of Leadership and Failure in Russian Zionism: Picturing Leon Pinsker 191
10 The State of the Zionist Movement on the Eve of the Sixth Congress 210
11 Hehalutz in Poland between the Two World Wars 238
12 Ideology and Structure in German Zionism, 1882-1933 268
13 Criteria and Conception in the Historiography of German and American Zionism 298
14 The Americanization of Zionism, 1880-1930 318
15 The Brandeis-Weizmann Dispute 337
16 Changes in the Social and Political Structure of the Second Aliya between 1904 and 1940 371
17 The "Yizkor" Book of 1911 - A Note on National Myths in the Second Aliya 422
18 Social and Intellectual Origins of the Hashomer Hatzair Youth Movement, 1913-1920 454
19 The Histadrut: From Marginal Organization to "State-in-the Making" 473
20 "Black Night - White Snow": Attitudes of the Palestinian Labor Movement to the Russian Revolution, 1917-1929 509
21 Fire and Water: Ze'ev Jabotinsky and the Revisionist Movement 544
22 Economic Structure and National Goals - The Jewish National Home in Interwar Palestine 567
23 The Balfour Declaration in Historical Perspective 587
24 The Zionist Movement and the Arabs 617
25 German Zionists and the Emergence of Brit Shalom 648
26 Patterns of Communal Conflict in Palestine 671
27 The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine 1945-1946: The Zionist Reaction Reconsidered 689
28 The Emergence of a Native Hebrew Culture in Palestine, 1882-1948 727
29 The National Idea and the Revival of Hebrew 745
30 Shall All Hopes Be Fulfilled? Genre and Anti-Genre in the Hebrew Literature of Palestine 763
31 Native Sons 790
Selected Bibliography 823
Index 827
About the Editors 857
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