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Zionism and the foundations of Israeli diplomacy /
Sasson Sofer ; translated by Dorothea Shefet-Vanson [sic].
imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
description
xiii, 449 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521630126
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imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
isbn
0521630126
catalogue key
2190032
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-03-01:
While Sofer's project is intriguing and well executed, the title of his book is misleading. The aim of this work is twofold. On one level, the book presents a comprehensive treatment of the essential principles of the various competing Zionist ideologies from the turn of the century until the creation of Israel. This includes analyses of Ben Gurion's Mapai Party, the Marxist Zionists, and Jabotinsky's Revisionism, as well as less familiar groups and parties. Sofer also treats the platforms of non-Zionist and anti-Zionist Jewish groups in Palestine at the time, such as the Palestine Communist Party or the orthodox religious Agudat Israel. On another level, Sofer relates these variations in Zionist ideology to the foreign policy issues that confronted Zionism in this time period: the relationship with the British, who controlled Palestine from 1917 to 1947; the looming conflict with the Arabs; and the question of the, orientation of the Zionist movement toward the US or the Soviet Union. Sofer's approach is both descriptive and critical. He writes for those who are already somewhat familiar with Zionist history and with 20th-century ideologies. For upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. D. Schwam-Baird; University of North Florida
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"...a detailed examination of the disparate and malleable foreign-policy perspectives embraced by Zionism." The International History Review
'... dispassionate, sober account ... meticulously researched and succinctly written.' Political Studies
'... dispassionate, sober account ... meticulously researched and succinctly written.'Political Studies
‘… dispassionate, sober account … meticulously researched and succinctly written.’Political Studies
"For upper-level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty." Choice
"...he has produced a rich ideological history of the Yishuv." SHOFAR
'... Sofer has done an excellent job. In elegant, graceful prose, he paints a penetrating portrait of pre-state politics, from the right to the Communists on the far-left, illustrating the process by which David Ben-Gurion and his particular faction of the Labour movement achieved hegemony.' Itamar Rabinovich, Haa'retz and Herald Tribune
‘… Sofer has done an excellent job. In elegant, graceful prose, he paints a penetrating portrait of pre-state politics, from the right to the Communists on the far-left, illustrating the process by which David Ben-Gurion and his particular faction of the Labour movement achieved hegemony.’Itamar Rabinovich, Haa´retz and Herald Tribune
' ... Sofer has done an excellent job. In elegant, graceful prose, he paints a penetrating protrait of pre-state politics, from the right to the Communists on the far-left, illustrating the process by which David Ben-Gurion and his particular faction of the Labor movement achieved hegemony.' Itamar Rabinovich, Haa´retz and Herald Tribune
"Sofer is to be commended for writing a dispassionate and sober account of Zionist and Israeli foreign policy, one sensitive to detail without losing sight of the broad picture." Middle East Quarterly
"The strength of Sofer's volume lies in the detailed normative profiles it provides for many of Zionism's early leaders. It is a rich resource for those who wish to learn more about the political views of these individuals, both in general and with respect to the Zionist struggle." Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism 2001
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Summaries
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Offering a detailed historical reconstruction of the origins of Jewish political thought, this volume traces the development of socialist Zionism and revisionism in the years prior to Israel's independence.
Description for Bookstore
In an historical reconstruction of the origins of Jewish political thought, the book traces the development of Zionist ideology. The analysis demonstrates how the political foundations of modern Israel were negotiated in this period and are reflected in its present-day diplomacy.
Description for Library
In a detailed historical reconstruction of the origins of Jewish political thought, the book traces the development of Zionist ideology in the years prior to Israel's independence. The analysis demonstrates how the political, social and economic foundations of the future state were negotiated in this period and how these ideologies have endured and are reflected in Israeli diplomacy and in the fragmentary nature of its politics. The book will become a standard reference for students of Zionist and Israeli politics and for those interested in the Middle East generally.
Main Description
Detailed historical reconstruction of the origins of Jewish political thought. By tracing the development of Socialist Zionism and Revisionism in the years prior to Israel's independence, the book demonstrates how the political, social and economic foundations of the future state of Israel were negotiated in this period and how these ideologies have endured and are reflected in Israeli diplomacy. In this respect, the comprehensive analysis is key to an understanding of the basis of Israeli international relations and the fragmentary nature of its politics. The book promises to become a standard reference for students of Zionist and Israeli politics, as well as those interested in the Middle East generally.
Main Description
In a detailed historical reconstruction of the origins of Jewish political thought, the book traces the development of Zionist ideology in the years prior to Israel's independence. The analysis demonstrates how the political, social and economic foundations of the future state were negotiated in this period and how these ideologies have endured and are reflected in present-day Israeli diplomacy and in the fragmentary nature of its politics. The book will become a standard reference for students of Zionist and Israeli politics and for those interested in the Middle East generally.
Table of Contents
Preface
Glossary
Setting the Scene
Ideas and the course of history
Israeli society and politics before Independence
A remarkable and terrible decade
Appearances and Reality
The political world of the founding fathers
The vicissitudes of hegemony
The revolutionary maximalists
The reluctant vanguard
The lost avant-garde
The Communists - in captivity
The Fallacies of Realpolitik
Jabotinsky and the Revisionist tradition
The revolt
The mysticism of realism
Sectarian Interests and a Faàade of Generality
The General Zionists
The farmers and the Sephardi notables
GodâÇÖs Dispositions
Religious natlionalism
Religious orthodoxy and the cult of separateness
The Boundaries of the Intelligentsia
Canaanites and Semites
Magnes, Buber and Ihud (Unity)
The divided heritage: IsraelâÇÖs diplomatic tradition
Notes
Index
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