History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel / Edition 1

History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel / Edition 1

by Walter Laqueur
     
 

The definitive general history of the Zionist movement, by one of the most distinguished historians of our time.
 
Walter Laqueur traces Zionism from its beginnings—with the emancipation of European Jewry from the ghettos in the wake of the French Revolution—to 1948, when the Zionist dream became a reality. He describes the contributions of

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The definitive general history of the Zionist movement, by one of the most distinguished historians of our time.
 
Walter Laqueur traces Zionism from its beginnings—with the emancipation of European Jewry from the ghettos in the wake of the French Revolution—to 1948, when the Zionist dream became a reality. He describes the contributions of such notable figures as Benjamin Disraeli, Moses Hess, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, and Sir Herbert Samuel, and he analyzes the seminal achievements of Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weitzmann, and David Ben Gurion.
 
Laqueur outlines the differences between the various Zionist philosophies of the early twentieth century—socialist, Communist, revisionist, and cultural utopian—and he discusses both the religious and secular Jewish critics of the movement. He concluded with a dramatic account of the cataclysmic events of World War II, the clandestine immigration of Holocaust survivors, the tragic missed opportunities co-existence with both the Arab residents of Palestine and those in the surrounding countries, and the struggle to forge a new state on an ancient land. Laqueur’s new preface analyzes the present-day difficulties, and places them into a fascinating and aluable historical context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805211498
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/20/2003
Edition description:
New Preface by The Author
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
997,048
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author

WALTER LAQUEUR chairs the research council for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and he is the founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary History. The author of more than twenty-five works of European and Jewish history, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Preface to the 2003 Edition
Preface
1Out of the Ghetto3
2The Forerunners40
3Theodor Herzl84
4The Interregnum136
5The Unseen Question209
6Building a New Society: The Progress of Left-Wing Zionism270
7In Blood and Fire: Jabotinsky and Revisionism338
8Zionism and Its Critics384
9The Weizmann Era441
10European Catastrophe505
11The Struggle for the Jewish State564
Conclusion: Thirteen Theses on Zionism589
Bibliography601
Index617

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