The Founding Myths of Israel: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish State
The well-known historian and political scientist Zeev Sternhell here advances a radically new interpretation of the founding of modem Israel. The founders claimed that they intended to create both a landed state for the Jewish people and a socialist society. However, according to Sternhell, socialism served the leaders of the influential labor movement more as a rhetorical resource for the legitimation of the national project of establishing a Jewish state than as a blueprint for a just society.
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THE FOUNDING MYTHS OF ISRAEL: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish StateUser Review - Kirkus
For decades, Israel's social-democratic Labor Party was the country's predominant political force, consistently holding a plurality of power against the right-wing ``revisionist'' and religious ... Read full review
The founding myths of Israel: nationalism, socialism, and the making of the Jewish stateUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This comparative political study takes a revisionist historical approach, reinterpreting what it considers mythical to explain the origins of the state of Israel. Sternhell (Neither Right nor Left ... Read full review