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Israel

A History

By Anita Shapira

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Definitive narrative history of Israel in the context of the modern Jewish experience and the Middle East.

Written by one of Israel's most notable scholars, this volume provides a breathtaking history of Israel from the origins of the Zionist movement in the late 19th century to the present day.

Anita Shapira's gripping narrative explores the emergence of Zionism in Europe against the backdrop of relations among Jews, Arabs and Turks, and the earliest pioneer settlements in Palestine under Ottoman rule. Weaving together political, social and cultural developments in Palestine under the British mandate, Shapira creates a tapestry through which to understand the challenges of Israeli nation-building, including mass immigration, shifting cultural norms, the politics of war and world diplomacy, and the creation of democratic institutions and a civil society. References to contemporary diaries, memoirs and literature bring a human dimension to the story of Israel, from its declaration of independence in 1948 through successive decades of waging war, negotiating peace, and building a modern state with a vibrant society and culture.

Based on archival sources and the most up-to-date scholarly research, this authoritative history is a must-read for anyone with a passionate interest in Israel and the Middle East. ISRAEL: A HISTORY will be the gold standard in the field for years to come.

Biographical Notes

Anita Shapira is a professor emerita at Tel Aviv University. An internationally acclaimed scholar, Shapira has published path-breaking studies on the history of Zionism, Jewish-Arab relations and the state of Israel.

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  • ISBN: 9780297871576
  • Publication date: 20 Feb 2014
  • Page count: 528
  • Imprint: W&N
Shapira has written what is in many respects an important, exhaustive and richly thoughtful march through the annals of Zionishm. — Simon Schama, FINANCIAL TIMES
It's a solid starting point for readers who want to negotiate their way through a complex story. — Ben Felsenburg, METRO
..this is a valuable addition to the historiography of Zionism and its fulfillment in the founding of the Jewish state. — David Goldberg, JEWISH CHRONICLE
In her magisterial Israel: A History, Anita Shapira concludes with the sombre reflection that Herzl may have been mistaken that a nation state for the Jews would abolish anti-Semitism. — Daniel Johnson, STANDPOINT
..this is certainly a valuable contribution to the subject, providing readers with an understanding of the complexities of Israel and its history. — Roberto Mazza, BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE
Shapira has written what is in many respects an important, exhaustive and richly thoughtful march through the annals of Zionishm. — Simon Schama, FINANCIAL TIMES
It's a solid starting point for readers who want to negotiate their way through a complex story. — Ben Felsenburg, METRO
..this is a valuable addition to the historiography of Zionism and its fulfillment in the founding of the Jewish state. — David Goldberg, JEWISH CHRONICLE
In her magisterial Israel: A History, Anita Shapira concludes with the sombre reflection that Herzl may have been mistaken that a nation state for the Jews would abolish anti-Semitism. — Daniel Johnson, STANDPOINT
..this is certainly a valuable contribution to the subject, providing readers with an understanding of the complexities of Israel and its history. — Roberto Mazza, BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE
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Robin Shepherd

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Saul Friedlander

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Robert Wistrich

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Martin van Creveld

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David Miles
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