Triumph of Military Zionism: Nationalism and the Origins of the Israeli Right

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Why did Israel shift from a state based on pioneering egalitarianism and "making the desert bloom" to one which is chiefly known for its military prowess? Colin Shindler examines Israel's shift to the right at the hands of Menachem Begin, the supposed "disciple" of Vladimir Jabotinsky. He demonstrates through previously unpublished sources how Israel drifted away from Jabotinsky's ideas towards a maximalist Zionism promoted by Begin.

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"One of the most illuminating books in its field for years" -- Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Times Literary Supplement

"Thorough and provoking. At the heart of Colin Shindler's book is how and why Israel transformed itself from a socialist state, based on pioneering egalitarianism, to one of the right. But it is Shindler's critical analysis of the relationship between Jabotinsky and Begin that makes this study so compelling" -- Ahron Bregman, Jewish Chronicle

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Meet the Author

Colin Shindler is a Fellow in Israeli Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

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Table of Contents

• Preface
• Prologue: A Dramatic Exit
• The Parting of Ways
• The Road to Resignation
• A Strange Odyssey
• The National Revolutionary Legacy
• The Challenge of the Revisionists
• The Widening Schism
• A New Psychological Race
• Models for the Radicals
• On Two Fronts
• The Fall and Rise of the Maximalists
• Raziel, Stern and Begin
• The Confrontation
• Post Script: Reinventing Jabotinsky

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