Berl: The Biography of a Socialist Zionist, Berl Katznelson, 1887-1944

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CUP Archive, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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For almost fifty years, the Zionist labour movement led the Jewish community in Palestine and later, in the State of Israel. Among the close-knit group of its founding fathers, Berl Katznelson was a unique figure. He was an intellectual, a politician, a man of letters, a statesman and the initiator of many of the social and economic institutions THAT shaped the face of the movement and in its wake, the character of the country as a whole. The biography of Berl is more than the biography of an individual: it is the story of a movement. The book traces Berl from a young Russian socialist and romantic pioneer on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, into the propounder of a work ethic and the founder of the central political current of the Israeli labour movement. The development of this movement is depicted against the background of the major political events of the period: Jewish-Arab relations, the European crisis of the thirties as it affected the Jewish people and the successes and failures of Zionist policy. It is required reading for anyone who wants to understand in depth the complexity of Israeli society today.
  

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Contents

Discovery and selfrevelation 190914
24
Kinneret Kinneret
57
Facing the days ahead 191819
67
Revolutionary times 191921
98
Mission to the United States 19212
117
The Third Aliyah crisis 19235
125
Davar 1925
137
In transition 19259
151
First political baptism 192931
166
The leader and his party 19315
183
The Youth Center affair 19335
208
The struggle to unite the kibbutz movement 19359
226
Hour of peril 19369
253
With our backs to the wall 193944
285
Strength and weakness
343
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Anita Shapria is Professor of Jewish History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University. She is the coeditor and author of several volumes, including Land and Power: The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948.

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