The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967

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Wiley, Apr 13, 2009 - History - 340 pages
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On May 14, 1948 the State of Israel was declared, announced by David Ben-Gurion at a small gathering that assembled in the main hall of the Tel Aviv Art Museum. Within a time frame of only nineteen years, culminating in the Six-Day War, Israel fought three separate wars. But within its first four years, thanks to mass immigration, its population doubled. Furthermore, Israel had been confronted with acute economic difficulties, intra Jewish ethnic tensions, a problematic Arab minority and a secular-religious divide. Apart from defence issues, Israel faced a generally hostile or, at best, indifferent international community rendering it hard pressed in securing great power patronage or even official sympathy and understanding. Based on a wide range of sources, both in Hebrew and English, this book contains a judicious synthesis of the received literature to yield the general reader and student alike a reliable, balanced, and novel account of Israel?s fateful and turbulent infancy.

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User Review  - Mary Lou - Goodreads

Book was very interesting, but I got bogged down with too many details of campaigns, etc, hence the skimmer shelf. I learned quite a bit about the int'l players in the 6-day war. Israel's very existence is a miracle considering all the might arrayed against it. Read full review

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User Review  - Tracy - Goodreads

Admittedly, I didn't read the entire book, skipped a lot of the details of the various wars, but loved the book otherwise. Not knowing a lot about the history of Israel, it was so interesting to learn ... Read full review


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Leslie Stein is Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University.

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