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A historical tour de force, The Invention of the Jewish People offers a groundbreaking account of Jewish and Israeli history. Exploding the myth that there was a forced Jewish exile in the first century at the hands of the Romans, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand argues that most modern Jews descend from converts, whose native lands were scattered across the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

In this iconoclastic work, which spent nineteen weeks on the Israeli bestseller list and won the coveted Aujourd'hui Award in France, Sand provides the intellectual foundations for a new vision of Israelís future.

Author Biography

Shlomo Sand teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv.

Table of Contents

Preface to the English-Language Editionp. ix
Introduction: Burdens of Memoryp. 1
Identity in Movementp. 1
Constructed Memoriesp. 14
Making Nations: Sovereignty and Equalityp. 23
Lexicon: "People" and Ethnosp. 24
The Nation: Boundaries and Definitionsp. 31
From Ideology to Identityp. 39
From Ethnic Myth to Civil Imaginaryp. 45
The Intellectual as the Nation's "Prince"p. 54
Mythistory: In the Beginning, God Created the Peoplep. 64
The Early Shaping of Jewish Historyp. 65
The Old Testament as Mythistoryp. 71
Race and Nationp. 78
A Historians' Disputep. 81
A Protonationalist View from the Eastp. 87
An Ethnicist Stage in the Westp. 95
The First Steps of Historiography in Zionp. 100
Politics and Archaeologyp. 107
The Earth Rebels against Mythistoryp. 115
The Bible as Metaphorp. 123
The Invention of the Exile: Proselytism and Conversionp. 129
The "People" Exiled in 70 CEp. 130
Exile without Expulsion-History in the Twilight Zonep. 136
Against Its Will, the People Emigrate from the Homelandp. 143
"All Nations Shall Flow Unto It"p. 150
The Hasmoneans Impose Judaism on Their Neighborsp. 154
From Hellenistic Sphere to Mesopotamian Territoryp. 161
Judaizing in the Shadow of Romep. 166
How Rabbinical Judaism Viewed Proselytizingp. 173
The Sad Fate of the Judeansp. 178
Remembering and Forgetting the "People of the Land"p. 182
Realms of Silence: In Search of Lost (JEWISH) Timep. 190
Arabia Felix: The Proselytized Kingdom of Himyarp. 192
Phoenicians and Berbers: The Mysterious Queen Kahinap. 199
Jewish Kagans? A Strange Empire Rises in the Eastp. 210
Khazars and Judaism: A Long Love Affair?p. 218
Modern Research Explores the Khazar Pastp. 230
The Enigma: The Origin of Eastern Europe's Jewsp. 238
The Distinction: Identity Politics in Israelp. 250
Zionism and Heredityp. 256
The Scientific Puppet and the Racist Hunchbackp. 272
Founding an Ethnos Statep. 280
"Jewish and Democratic"-An Oxymoron?p. 292
Ethnocracy in the Age of Globalizationp. 307
Afterwordp. 314
Acknowledgmentsp. 326
Indexp. 327
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Very informative book April 28, 2011
This book is a history textbook of people who identified with Judaism; it is monumental in its insight, research and revelation. Sand makes a simple case, based on solid history and references, that the "Jewish race" is an invention of European elitists, driven by the perceived need to nationalize a religious, mystical culture. It's a very interesting and informative book, though seen as controversial by many.
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