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A timely and definitive narrative history of Israel in the context of the modern Jewish experience and the Middle East. Ideal for anyone seeking to understand the roots of the current conflict in Gaza.
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 19th century to the present day.
Anita Shapira's gripping narrative 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 the story 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 and the Middle East. ISRAEL: A HISTORY will be the gold standard in the field for years to come.
The newest from Shapira (after Berl: The Biography of a Socialist Zionist), professor emerita at Tel Aviv University, is a wide-ranging history of Israel from the 19th-century origins of the Zionist movement to the beginning of the second intifada in 2000. The author is at her best focusing on economic, social, and cultural history she makes deft use of Hebrew literature to illuminate her points, and she succinctly captures the zeitgeist of the times, as when she writes of an Israel that, after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, "returned to its psychological condition before the Six-Day War: a small country in constant existential danger." However, her analysis is weak on military history, devoting a paltry handful of pages to the Suez crisis, the Six-Day War, and the Yom Kippur War. Shapira also has a tendency to gloss over important details, as when she attributes Israel's victory in its war of independence in part to "the collapse of Palestinian society," without explaining what she means by this. But the most glaring omission is her failure to discuss in any detail the history of Israel's Arabs, who now constitute around 20% of the country's population. Despite these shortcomings, this is an indispensable guide to "one of the most astonishing attempts ever made at building a nation." Maps.