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Israel and Europe: An Appraisal in History

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"A remarkable feat--clear, compelling and accessible--. Critical background for any appreciation of the Jewish state."--The New York Times Book Review

With his characteristic grace and lucidity, Howard M. Sachar, renowned author of thirteen earlier books on Middle Eastern and Jewish history, brings to life the complex and dramatic story of the friendships and fallings-out between Israel and the various European powers over the last ...

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Overview

"A remarkable feat--clear, compelling and accessible--. Critical background for any appreciation of the Jewish state."--The New York Times Book Review

With his characteristic grace and lucidity, Howard M. Sachar, renowned author of thirteen earlier books on Middle Eastern and Jewish history, brings to life the complex and dramatic story of the friendships and fallings-out between Israel and the various European powers over the last half-century.

Dr. Sachar chronicles the always uneasy relationship between Israel and Great Britain; its early love-affair and nasty break-up with France; the shifting Soviet policies toward Israel; and the unlikely emergence of Germany as the new nation's chief European benefactor. A master of historical narrative, Sachar once again enlightens us with fine scholarship, insightful analysis, and an unerring knowledge of human--and national--motivations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The factual richness of [Sachar's] account demands attention."  -Foreign Affairs

"Mr Sachar recounts the history with academic thoroughness and narrative skill."  The Washington Times

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Sachar (modern history, George Washington U.) traces relations between the Jewish republic and individual European states and with the continent as a whole during its half-century of existence. He explores Britain's attempts to maintain influence, the Soviet Union's early support and later hostility, France's short-lived military alliance, and Germany as the unlikely pillar of support and international sponsor. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Kirkus Reviews
Since the Yom Kippur War, the overwhelming amount of diplomatic "action" surrounding Israel has involved the US. But during the first half (1941-73) of the Jewish state's existence, the European powers were crucial to its economic and military survival, as related here. Veteran scholar Sachar (Modern History/George Washington Univ.; Farewell EspaƱa: The World of the Sephardim Remembered, 1994, etc.) rightly focuses almost exclusively on the four postwar European powers: Britain, France, West Germany, and the former USSR. Thus, for example, the Wiedergutmachung agreement (on reparations for the Holocaust), negotiated in 1952 between David Ben-Gurion and Konrad Adenauer, and bitterly opposed by Menachem Begin, was absolutely essential to the fledging state's ability to absorb hundreds of thousands of new immigrants, develop new industry, and help tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors bear difficult economic conditions. Significant military aid from Bonn was forthcoming from the Adenauer era through that of Heinrich Kohl. In the mid-'50s, Paris helped Jerusalem to develop its air force and provided men and materials to build the country's nuclear reactor in Dimona. Although he emphasizes diplomatic relations, including recently abortive European attempts to play a mediating role between Israel and the Palestinians, Sachar also probes the sharp upsurge in economic trade between Israel and the European Community, which has grown more than tenfold over the past 25 years. Unfortunately, too little here details the attitudes of major European intellectuals and religious leaders toward the Jewish state. In addition, Sachar's pronounced "dovish" and anticlerical sentimentsoccasionally intrude, as when he asks: "Would the Israeli people survive a third generation only by maintaining a state of siege, retreating between a wall of parochialist suspicion and fundamentalist exclusivity?" However, these flaws pale in comparison to Sachar's achievement: A solid, even pathbreaking book that covers a great deal of ground while remaining accessible to the general reader. .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679776130
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard M. Sachar is the author of thirteen earlier books on Middle Eastern and Jewish history, including the internationally acclaimed A History of Israel (revised 1996). Based in Washington, D.C., where he is Professor of Modern History at George Washington University, Dr. Sachar lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
I An Indeterminate Farewell 3
II A Dialogue of Embittered Memory 32
III An Attenuated Slavic Honeymoon 53
IV A Marriage of Western Convenience 77
V Alternating Perspectives Across the Rhine 108
VI A Trauma of Diplomatic Reconciliation 128
VII A Widened Soviet Window on the Mediterranean 152
VIII 1967: A Transposition of Western Alliances 174
IX Israel in the European Conscience 194
X A Surrogate Battlefield 220
XI A Failed Soviet Bridgehead in the Middle East 254
XII A Continental Chill 282
XIII A European Embrace 317
XIV An Afterword at Half-Century 346
Bibliography 358
Index 371
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