Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs, and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement / Edition 1

Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs, and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement / Edition 1

by S. Ilan Troen
     
 

"This book tells the story of how Zionist colonizers planned and established nearly 700 agricultural settlements, towns, and cities from the 1880s to the present. This extraordinary activity of planners, architects, social scientists, military personnel, politicians, and settlers is inextricably linked to multiple contexts: Jewish and Zionist history, the Arab/Jewish… See more details below

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"This book tells the story of how Zionist colonizers planned and established nearly 700 agricultural settlements, towns, and cities from the 1880s to the present. This extraordinary activity of planners, architects, social scientists, military personnel, politicians, and settlers is inextricably linked to multiple contexts: Jewish and Zionist history, the Arab/Jewish conflict, and the diffusion of European ideas to non-European worlds." "S. Ilan Troen demonstrates how professionals and settlers continually innovated plans for both rural and urban frontiers in response to the competing demands of social and political ideologies and the need to achieve productivity, economic independence, and security in a hostile environment. In the 1930s, security became the primary challenge, shaping and even distorting patterns of growth." Not until the 1993 Oslo Accords, with prospects of compromise and accommodation, did planners again imagine Israel as a normal state, developing like other modern societies. Troen concludes that if Palestinian Arabs become reconciled to a Jewish state, Israel will reassign priority to the social and economic development of the country and region.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300094831
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IThe Zionist Village
Ch. 1Covenantal Communities3
Ch. 2Trial and Error in the Village Economy15
Ch. 3The Economic Basis for Arab/Jewish Accomodation42
Ch. 4The Village as Military Outpost62
Pt. IIUrban Zion
Ch. 5Tel Aviv: Vienna on the Mediterranean85
Ch. 6Urban Alternatives: Modern Metropolis, Company Town, and Garden City112
Ch. 7"Imagined Communities": The Zionist Variation141
Pt. IIIPost-Independence Opportunities and Necessities
Ch. 8The Science and Politics of National Development163
Ch. 9From New Towns to Development Towns184
Ch. 10Israeli Villages: Transforming the Countryside208
Ch. 11Establishing a Capital: Jerusalem, 1948-1967233
Ch. 12Contested Metropolis: Jerusalem After the 1967 War259
Epilogue: Israel into the Twenty-First Century281
Notes293
Index325

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