A History of Zionism

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Tauris Parke, 2003 - Israel - 639 pages
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This text offers a definitive account of Zionism. The term Zionism was first coined at the end of the 19th century, but the idea long reflected the misery of Jewish existence in central and eastern Europe, and the longing for the ancient homeland. Updated, and with a new preface, Walter Laqueur's comprehensive history begins with a discussion of the background of Zionism since the French Revolution, covers the many decades of Zionist activities worldwide, and ends with the establishment of the state of Israel.

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As a young Israeli who always found history lessons to be boring, this is the first time that I pick up a history book and really enjoy reading it, even though it's more than 30 years old! It covers the history of the zionist idea from the stage where it was nothing but a dream to the establishment of a country. It sometimes tries to explain events from psychological point of view, explaining individuals' motivations and feelings, which makes everything much more colorful and interesting (for instance, there are many quotes from leaders' diaries, exposing them as simple people, sometimes suffering from alternating moods). I thank the author for describing this important history so nicely. 

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Walter Laqueur is distinguished scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He was director of the Wiener Library in London and editor of the Journal of Contemporary History, Washington Papers, and Washington Quarterly. He was also university professor at Georgetown, Brandeis, Harvard, Tel Aviv, and Chicago.

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