Israel: the First Hundred Years: Volume I: IsraelÆs Transition from Community to State

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2000-03-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The birth of the Zionist Movement, coming in the wake of Jewish emancipation in Western Europe and at a time of intensified persecution of Jewry in Eastern Europe, meant that for the first time since Jewish dispersion, the possibility of the Jews discarding their minority status in the lands they inhabited and creating their own home in their ancestral homeland became a reality, however incomprehensible it may have appeared in these early years. The next half a century saw great strides in the economic, social and political life of the Yishuv that culminated in the creation of the State of Israel. Zionism altered the relationship between Jews in Mandatory Palestime and the Jewish communities of the diaspora, between Jews and their Palestinian-Arab contemporaries and ultimately between Jewry and the British mandatory power. With contributions for scholars of Zionism and israeli history, this volume addresses the inellectual, social and political ramifications of Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel before theCreation of the State of Israel.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Nations, Nationalism and State-Building
Sacred Territories and National Conflictp. 13
From 'State within a State' to Statep. 32
From Civil Society to Sovereign State: The Israeli Experience and the Palestinian Questp. 43
The Making of the Yishuv
The Jews in Eretz-Israel/Palestine: From Traditional Peripherality to Modern Centralityp. 73
The Boundaries of Mandatory Palestine: How the Past Influences the Futurep. 108
Zionism and Jerusalem - the Conflict of Priorities: Changes in Zionist Settlement in the Jerusalem Vicinity, 1937-48p. 120
Railways in Israel: The Past and the Futurep. 144
The Hebrew Absorption of German Literature in the Yishuvp. 158
The Ideological and Political Background of the Israel Defence Forcesp. 172
The Struggle for Independence
Jewish Armed Struggle in Palestine in the 1940s: Its Impact on British Morale and Public Opinionp. 181
The Other Side of the Coin: Arab Propaganda and the Battle against Zionism in London, 1937-48p. 198
The Jewish and Arab Lobbies in Canada and the UN Partition of Palestinep. 229
Abstractsp. 245
Indexp. 251
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