The Invention of a Nation: Zionist Thought and the Making of Modern Israel

The Invention of a Nation: Zionist Thought and the Making of Modern Israel


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For two centuries, according to Alain Dieckhoff, the Jews were remarkable experimenters. Reacting to the challenge of modernity, Jews followed two, often torturously contradictory paths—the path of assimilation (bourgeois or socialist) and that of nationalism.This book provides a comprehensive overview of the various ideologies that have constituted Zionism, ranging from Marxist-Zionism to National Religious Zionism to that of the far-right Abba Achimeir. Unlike other studies of the topic, this book makes explicit the debt the Zionists owed to French thinkers and European ideologues, notably those associated with the French Revolution and the Enlightenment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231127660
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2003
Series: Ceri Series in Comparative Politics And
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 8.64(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alain Dieckhoff is a research fellow at the Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Internationales (CERI), part of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in Paris, France.

Table of Contents

1. The political birth of Zionism
2. Socialist Zionism: from the community to the State
3. To speak Hebrew, to say the nation
4. From condemnation to exaltation: orthodox Judaism faced with Zionism
5. Through fire and blood: The intransigent nationalism of the Zionist Right

What People are Saying About This

Colin Schindler

In this extremely interesting book, Dieckhoff has reclaimed Zionism as a serious rationalist ideology.

Elie Barnavi

The best on the subject.... A book that is rich and dense, scholarly without pedantry, critical without aggression, sympathetic without complacency. A work of great erudition which reads like the most thrilling novel.

Paul Zawadzki

Dieckhoff offers qualities of objectivity, analyzing in a finely nuanced way the spectrum of ideological constructions in conflict with each other in the Zionist nebula.

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