Israel in Comparative Perspective: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom / Edition 1

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Challenges the social-science image of Israel as a historical peculiarity by situating Israel's history in comparative context; by building bridges between Israel and other Middle Eastern states; and by using the Israeli case to reconsider existing social science theories and correct common misperceptions about the comparative method.
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From the Publisher
“This excellent analysis draws on social science theory that properly puts Israel in a larger comparative context. On a very important topic, this book fills a major gap in the literature.” — Robert O. Freedman, Baltimore Hebrew University

“The issues in this stimulating volume should inspire a whole range of comparative studies.” — Studies in Contemporary Jewry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791428320
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael N. Barnett is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Confronting the Costs of War: Military Power, State, and Society in Egypt and Israel.

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Table of Contents


I. Introduction

1. The Politics of Uniqueness: The Status of the Israeli Case
Michael N. Barnett

II. Israel and International Politics

2. Israeli Foreign Policy: A Realist Ideal-Type or a Breed of Its Own?
Shibley Telhami

3. Israel Diaspora Relations in Comparative Perspective
Gabriel Sheffer

4. Gender and International Relations: A Comparison of Citizen Attitudes in Israel and Egypt
Mark Tessler and Ina Warriner

5. Israel in the World Economy: Israel as an East Asian State?
Michael N. Barnett

III. Israel and Domestic Politics

6. The Fetish of Jerusalem: A Hegemonic Analysis
Ian S. Lustick

7. Society-Formation and the Case of Israel
Ian S. Lustick

8. Between Uniqueness and Exclusion: The Politics of Identity in Israel
Rebecca Kook

9. Zionism and Colonialism: A Comparative Approach
Gershon Shafir

IV. Conclusion

10. On the Uniqueness of Israel: Multiple Readings
Yehezkel Dror




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