The Zionist Ideology

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University Press of New England [for] Brandeis University Press, 1995 - History - 506 pages
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This superb and highly nuanced study traces the development and ramifications of the ideology of Zionism from its roots in Europe to its full flowering in the establishment of the State of Israel. Gideon Shimoni begins by carefully outlining the social origins of Zionism, including its debt to European nationalism and its subsequent emergence in the 1880s, precipitated by the pogroms in the Russian Empire. He then describes the various streams of Zionist thought and how they were transmogrified by events and individuals, and concludes by examining both Zionism's connection with a secular Jewish identity and the nature of the Jewish claim to Eretz Israel. Throughout this comprehensive survey of the interplay of historical events, ideas, and personalities, Shimoni finds and follows Zionism's common thread: the underlying axiom "that the Jews are a single, distinctive, entity possessing national, not just religious, attributes".

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This outstanding new study by Shimoni (contemporary Jewry, Hebrew Univ.) explores and analyzes Zionist ideology. Part 1 deals with the social origins of Zionism, from the development of Jewish ... Read full review


chapter one Social Origins of Jewish Nationalism
Jewish Ethnicity and Modernity
The Modernizing Intelligentsia in Eastern Europe

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Gideon Shimoni holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Contemporary Jewry.

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