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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300094833

ISBN-13: 9780300094831

Pub. Date: 05/11/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

This timely book tells the fascinating story of how Zionists 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

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This timely book tells the fascinating story of how Zionists 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.

Author Biography: S. Ilan Troen is the Sam and Anna Lopin Professor of Modern History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Senior Fellow, Ben-Gurion Research Center. He is coeditor of Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America, published by Yale University Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300094831
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction....................xiii
PART I: The Zionist Village CHAPTER 1. Covenantal Communities....................3
CHAPTER 2. Trial and Error in the Village Economy....................15
CHAPTER 3. The Economic Basis for Arab/Jewish Accommodation....................42
CHAPTER 4. The Village as Military Outpost....................62
PART II: Urban Zion CHAPTER 5. Tel Aviv: Vienna on the Mediterranean....................85
CHAPTER 6. Urban Alternatives: Modern Metropolis, Company Town, and Garden City....................112
CHAPTER 7. "Imagined Communities": The Zionist Variation....................141
PART III: Post-Independence Opportunities and Necessities CHAPTER 8. The Science and Politics of National Development....................163
CHAPTER 9. From New Towns to Development Towns....................184
CHAPTER 10. Israeli Villages: Transforming the Countryside....................208
CHAPTER 11. Establishing a Capital: Jerusalem, 1948-1967....................233
CHAPTER 12. Contested Metropolis: Jerusalem After the 1967 War....................259
Epilogue: Israel into the Twenty-First Century....................281
Notes....................293
Index....................325

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