The History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society: Israel 1917-1967

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This path-breaking collection of essays on the history of Israel from a legal perspective, brings together the work of many distinguished Israeli legal historians. It focuses primarily on the impact of colonialism, nationalism and socialism on the law of Palestine and Israel between 1917 and 1967 and the topics examined in detail include: the role of law in the shaping of mandatory society, law and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli courts, the holocaust and the interaction of law and class in mandatory Palestine and Israel, The book also contains important historiographical essays by leading American legal historians, who offer reflections on the study of legal history in the American and Israeli context.

Author Biography: Ron Harris earned his LLB, BA (History) and MA (History) at Tel Aviv University and PhD in legal history at Columbia University. He is the author of Industrializing English Law (Cambridge, 2000) and various articles on English and Israeli legal history. He teaches legal history, economic history, welfare law and business law at Tel Aviv University. Sandy Kedar earned his LLB at the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, where he also studied History. He earned his LL.M and S.J.D. at Harvard Law School. He teaches property, land regimes and Legal History. He has written various articles on Israeli legal history, property and land regime. Pnina Lahav earned her LLB at the faculty of law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and her LL.M and S.J.D at Yale law school. She teaches constitutional law, political and civil liberties and comparative aspects of legal cultures. She is the editor of Press Law in Modern Democracies (Longman, 1985) and of theaward-winning Judgment in Jerusalem, a biography of Israeli Chief Justice Simon Agranat. Assaf Likhovski earned his LLB and MA (History) at Tel Aviv University and his S.J.D. in legal history at Harvard Law School. He has written various articles on Israeli, American and British legal history. He teaches legal history, comparative law and Taxation at Tel Aviv University.

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These 15 essays bring a legal perspective to the history of Israel during the period beginning with World War I and ending with the Ten Days War. They consider the impact of colonialism, nationalism, and socialism on the laws of Palestine and Israel. Particular attention is given to the relation of the law to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the role of the courts, and the influence of class. Contributors include legal authorities, legal scholars, historians, and sociologists from Israel and the United States. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754621454
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
1 Israeli Legal History: Past and Present 1
Pt. I Law Under British Rule
2 The National Construction of a Workers' Moral Community: Labor's Informal Justice in Early Mandate Palestine 37
3 Colonialism, Nationalism and Legal Education: The Case of Mandatory Palestine 75
4 The Dialectics of Zionism and Democracy in the Law of Mandatory Palestine 95
5 The Hebrew Law of Peace: The Demise of Law-as-Culture in Early Mandate Palestine 105
Pt. II The Israeli Supreme Court
6 Breaking the Acoustic Wall between the Kastner and Eichmann Trials 123
7 The Pains and Gains of Writing Biography: Reflections on Writing the Biography of Chief Justice Simon Agranat 147
8 Law and Culture in Israel: The 1950s and the 1980s 175
Pt. III Law and Power
9 Legitimizing Imprisonment for Debt: Lawyers, Judges and Legislators 217
10 Mass Immigration, Housing Supply and Supreme Court Jurisprudence of Land Expropriation in Early Statehood 273
11 The Jewish State and the Arab Possessor: 1948-1967 311
Pt. IV A View from Within
12 Israeli Legal History 383
Pt. V Perspectives from Abroad
13 Property and Power in American Legal History 393
14 Legal History: Israel and the United States - Some Remarks 407
15 Writing Legal History in a Post-Formalist World 415
Israeli Legal History: A Bibliography 423
Index 437
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