The twentieth century in Eretz Israel : a pictorial history /
Mordecai Naor.
English language ed.
Cologne : Könemann, c1998.
617 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
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Cologne : Könemann, c1998.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-09:
Among the many publications about virtually every aspect of Israel and Zionism, few historical accounts exist, let alone a comprehensive pictorial history. This work, covering the 20th century through 1997, goes far toward filling a real need. It is arranged chronologically by decade, year, and month, providing a multifaceted picture of the growth of the Jewish National Home. Each decade is depicted in broad historical strokes on one full page, followed by a page of historical facts arranged by month. Following such "fact pages" are several pages of photos, usually in black-and-white, elucidated by clear, detailed captions that range from a few lines to half a page. A good table of contents and a detailed index tie everything together. Occasional historical errors slip in (e.g., on September 14, 1944, parachutists from the Yishuv were dropped into Hungary, not Slovakia). Nor is the work free of the bias endemic to such collections. This one reflects the editor's bias in favor of the labor parties over the Revisionist Zionists and the total omission of the Ultra-Orthodox role in building the Yishuv, especially in Jerusalem and other urban areas. Despite such minor shortcomings, this work is highly recommended for all libraries. D. Kranzler; Queensborough Community College, CUNY
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