The Invention of the Jewish People

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Verso, Jun 14, 2010 - History - 344 pages
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Bestselling new analysis of Jewish history by a leading Israeli historian.

A historical tour de force, The Invention of the Jewish People offers a groundbreaking account of Jewish and Israeli history. Exploding the myth that there was a forced Jewish exile in the first century at the hands of the Romans, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand argues that most modern Jews descend from converts, whose native lands were scattered across the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

In this iconoclastic work, which spent nineteen weeks on the Israeli bestseller list and won the coveted Aujourd'hui Award in France, Sand provides the intellectual foundations for a new vision of Israel’s future.

 

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

The author sets out to explain how the Jews went from being people to being "a people". It's an intriguing walk through history by a man who doesn't set out to be for or against the Jews. His only objective is understanding the history, and he does a good job of exploring a touchy topic. Read full review

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

The author sets out to explain how the Jews went from being people to being "a people". It's an intriguing walk through history by a man who doesn't set out to be for or against the Jews. His only objective is understanding the history, and he does a good job of exploring a touchy topic. Read full review

Contents

Burdens of Memory
1
Sovereignty and Equality
23
In the Beginning God Created the People
64
Proselytism and Conversion
129
in Search of Lost Jewish Time
190
Identity Politics in Israel
250
Afterword
314
Acknowledgments
326
Index
327
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Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the cole des hautes tudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, L'Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le d bat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe si cle l' cran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Isra l.

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