Israel: A History

Israel: A History

by Anita Shapira
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Brandeis University Press
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Israel: A History

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in History (2012)
Winner of the Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies in English or French (2014)

Written by one of Israel’s most notable scholars, this volume provides a breathtaking history of Israel from the origins of the Zionist movement in the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Organized chronologically, the volume explores the emergence of Zionism in Europe against the backdrop of relations among Jews, Arabs, and Turks, and the earliest pioneer settlements in Palestine under Ottoman rule. Weaving together political, social, and cultural developments in Palestine under the British mandate, Shapira creates a tapestry through which to understand the challenges of Israeli nation building, including mass immigration, shifting cultural norms, the politics of war and world diplomacy, and the creation of democratic institutions and a civil society. References to contemporary diaries, memoirs, and literature bring a human dimension to this narrative history of Israel from its declaration of independence in 1948 through successive decades of waging war, negotiating peace, and building a modern state with a vibrant society and culture.

Based on archival sources and the most up-to-date scholarly research, this authoritative history is a must-read for anyone with a passionate interest in Israel. Israel: A History will be the gold standard in the field for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611683523
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Series: Schusterman Series in Israel Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 1,355,371
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Author’s Note
Part I: 1881–1918, Zionism: Ideology and Praxis
The Emergence of the Zionist Movement
Jews, Turks, Arabs: First Encounters in the Land
Part II: 1918–1948, A State-in-the-Making
Palestine under British Rule
Immigration and Settlement during the Mandate Period
The Yishuv as an Emerging State
The Yishuv: Society, Culture, and Ethos
Part III: 1948–1967, Nation Building
The War of Independence, 1947–1949
The Creation of Israeli Democracy
State Building: Economy, Development, and Big Government
The Great Aliya: Mass Immigration
Culture and Norms in an Evolving Society
Politics, Peace, and War
Part IV: 1967–1977, A Decade of War
Six Days That Changed the Middle East
The Age of Euphoria, 1967–1973
The Yom Kippur War, 1973
Israeli Society after the Yom Kippur War
Part V: 1977–2000, Peace, War, and Indecision
Begin in Power
The Stalemate Years: A Changing Israeli Identity, 1984–1990
The Decade of Hope, 1990–2000
An Interim Summary

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