The Zionist Ideology / Edition 1

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Winner of the Arnold Wiznitzer Prize, Hebrew University.

This superb and highly nuanced study traces the development and ramifications of the ideology of Zionism from its roots in Europe to its full flowering in the establishment of the State of Israel. Gideon Shimoni begins by outlining the social origins of Zionism, including its debt to European nationalism and its subsequent emergence in the 1880s, precipitated by the pogroms in the Russian Empire. He then describes the various streams of Zionist thought, and concludes by examining both Zionism's connection with a secular Jewish identity and the nature of the Jewish claim to Eretz Israel.

Throughout this comprehensive survey, Shimoni illuminates Zionism's common thread: the underlying axiom "that the Jews are a single, distinctive, entity possessing national, not just religious, attributes."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This outstanding new study by Shimoni (contemporary Jewry, Hebrew Univ.) explores and analyzes Zionist ideology. Part 1 deals with the social origins of Zionism, from the development of Jewish nationalism to Zionism's religious and intellectual precursors. Part 2, the heart of the book, consists of a detailed analysis of general Zionism as exemplified by Theodor Herzl and Max Simon Nordau, national-religious Zionism and its inherent tension between the messianic and the political, the labor Zionism of A.D. Gordon, Ben Gurion and the pioneer movement, and, finally, revisionist Zionist as it was promulgated by Vladimir Jabotinsky and shaped by its right wing. Part 3 examines two issues that Zionists, particularly in Israel, still contend with: secular Jewish identity and the right to the land. Comprehensive in the breadth and depth of its analysis and exemplary in its methodology, this book takes its place with other seminal studies of Zionism: Arthur Hertzber's The Zionist Idea (1959), Shlomo Avineri's The Making of Modern Zionism (1981), and Walter Laqueur's A History of Zionism (1976). All libraries should consider adding this to their collection.-Robert A. Silver, formerly with Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
From the Publisher
"Offers the most complete and detailed study to date of the history of Zionist ideology, from its roots through the establishment of the state of Israel . . . Indispensable for students of Zionism and modern Jewish identity and of great interest as well to anyone interested in the emergence of the European nationalisms of the late 19th and early 20th centuries." —Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874518337
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Tauber Institute Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 1,429,493
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

GIDEON SHIMONI holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Contemporary Jewry. His books in English and Hebrew on Zionism include Jews and Zionism: The South African Experience, 1910-1967 (1980).
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Social Origins of Jewish Nationalism 3
Ch. 2 Ideological Precursors of Zionism 52
Ch. 3 General Zionism 85
Ch. 4 National-Religious Zionism 127
Ch. 5 Labor Zionism 166
Ch. 6 Revisionist Zionism 236
Ch. 7 Zionism as Secular Jewish Identity 269
Ch. 8 The Right to The Land 333
Afterword 389
Notes 397
Bibliography 459
Index 485
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