Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective

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Routledge, Jan 24, 2007 - History - 288 pages

Covering topical issues concerning the nature of the Israeli state, this engaging work presents essays that combine a variety of comparative schemes, both internal to Jewish civilization and extending throughout the world, such as:

  • modern Jewish society, politics and culture
  • historical consciousness in the twentieth century
  • colonialism, anti-colonialism and postcolonial state-building.

With its open-ended, comparative approach, Israel in History provides a useful means of correcting the biases found in so much scholarship on Israel, be it sympathetic or hostile. This book will appeal to scholars and students with research interests in many fields, including Israeli Studies, Middle East Studies, and Jewish Studies.


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Part I Writing Israeli history
Part II Continuity and rupture
Part III Zionism as a technology
Part IV From Jewish to Israeli culture

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Derek J. Penslar is the Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto and the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford. His many books include "Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe," "Israel in History: The Jewish State in Comparative Perspective," and "The Origins of Israel, 1882-1948: A Documentary History.

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