The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel

The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel

by Gabriel Piterberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844672603

ISBN-13: 9781844672608

Pub. Date: 06/28/2008

Publisher: Verso Books

In this original and wide-ranging study, Gabriel Piterberg examines theideology and literature behind the colonization of Palestine, from the latenineteenth century to the present. Exploring Zionism’s origins in Central-EasternEuropean nationalism and settler movements, he shows how its texts can beplaced within a wider discourse of western colonization.

Overview

In this original and wide-ranging study, Gabriel Piterberg examines theideology and literature behind the colonization of Palestine, from the latenineteenth century to the present. Exploring Zionism’s origins in Central-EasternEuropean nationalism and settler movements, he shows how its texts can beplaced within a wider discourse of western colonization. Revisiting the work ofTheodor Herzl and Gershom Scholem, Anita Shapira and David Ben-Gurion, andbringing to light the writings of lesser-known scholars and thinkersinfluential in the formation of the Zionist myth, Piterberg breaks openprevailing views of Zionism, demonstrating that it was in fact unexceptional,expressing a consciousness and imagination typical of colonial settlermovements. Shaped by European ideological currents and the realities ofcolonial life, Zionism constructed its own story as a unique and impregnableone, in the process excluding the voices of an indigenous people—thePalestinian Arabs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844672608
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
429,668
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     xi
The Sovereign Settler versus the Conscious Pariah: Theodor Herzl and Bernard Lazare     1
The Zionist Colonization of Palestine in the Comparative Context of Settler Colonialism     51
The Foundational Myth of Zionism: Politics, Ideology and Scholarship     93
Myth and History on Mount Scopus     127
Gerhard-Gershom Scholem's Return to History     155
The Bible, the Nakba and Hebrew Literature     192
The Bible of an Autochthonous Settler: Ben-Gurion Reads the Book of Joshua     244
Index     289

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