The Founding Myths of Israel: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish State

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Princeton University Press, 1998 - History - 419 pages
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 State

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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

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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

About the author (1998)

Sternhell is Leon Blum Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University.

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