A History of Modern Israel

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 25, 2013 - History - 445 pages
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Colin Shindler's remarkable history begins in 1948, as waves of immigrants arrived in Israel from war-torn Europe to establish new cities, new institutions, and a new culture founded on the Hebrew language. Optimistic beginnings were soon replaced with the sobering reality of wars with Arab neighbours, internal ideological differences, and ongoing confrontation with the Palestinians. The author paints a broad canvas that affords unusual insights into Israel's multicultural society, forged from more than one hundred different Jewish communities and united by a common history. In this updated edition, Shindler covers the significant developments of the last decade, including the rise of the Israeli far right, Hamas's takeover and the political rivalry between Gaza and the West Bank, Israel's uneasy dealings with the new administration in the United States, political Islam, the expansion of the Jewish settlements on the West Bank and the potential impact of the Arab Spring on the region as a whole. This sympathetic yet candid portrayal asks how a nation that emerged out of the ashes of the Holocaust and was the admiration of the world is now perceived by many Western governments in a less than benevolent light.
 

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This work focuses on the evolution of political parties, power, and ideology in independent Israel, which has its 60th birthday in May. Shindler (Israeli & modern Jewish studies, Univ. of London ... Read full review

Contents

Illustrations page
viii
Chronology
xxvii
Towards 2020
xxxiii
Introduction
3
Zionism and security
10
The Hebrew republic
38
New immigrants and first elections
54
The politics of piety
78
The end of ideology
227
The killing of a Prime Minister
244
The magician and the bulldozer
267
I3 He does not stop at the red light
289
An unlikely grandfather
321
A brotherly conflict
350
Bialiks bequest?
368
I7 Stagnation and isolatio nism
388

Retaliation or selfrestraint
98
The rise of the Right
123
The road to Beirut
147
Dissent at home and abroad
175
An insurrection before a handshake
198
An Arab Spring and an Israeli winter?
405
Bibliography
421
Index
427
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Colin Shindler is Emeritus Professor and Pears Senior Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is also founding chairman of the European Association of Israel Studies.

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