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The Jewish state [electronic resource] : a century later /
Alan Dowty.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
description
xiv, 337 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520209419 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
isbn
0520209419 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
7965547
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-331) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alan Dowty is Professor of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Fellow at Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1998-09-01:
The most interesting and valuable feature of this book is its explanation of key political, social, and cultural developments in Israel in terms of Jewish traditions and experience. Dowty does not simply relate Israeli political practices to Jewish religious traditions, law, and ritual. The traditional forms of Jewish organization, communal cooperation, and bargaining strategies among competing groups within the Jewish communities in the pre-Zionist Diaspora have left their indelible mark on contemporary Israeli society. Dowty describes and analyzes the establishment of Israeli political parties and state structures and then explains the rise of competing attitudes and ideologies. The impacts on Israeli society of new immigrant populations, changes in economic and political realities, modernization, and confrontation with the Arab world, are articulated in a clear and straightforward manner. The often bitter controversy between religious and secular Israelis is discussed in terms not only of the political programs of each side but also of its socioeconomic underpinnings and the impact of modern technologies on Israeli culture. The controversy over the peace process is intelligently discussed with respect to political stances and then related to other developments in Israeli society explained earlier in the book. Recommended for general readers, undergraduates, and graduate students. D. Schwam-Baird University of North Florida
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Summaries
Long Description
As the fiftieth anniversary of Israeli statehood approaches, along with the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the World Zionist Organization, the question of what is meant by a "Jewish" state is particularly timely. Alan Dowty takes on that question in a book that is admirable for its clarity and its comprehensive interpretation of the historical roots and contemporary functioning of Israel. Israeli nationhood, democracy, and politics did not unfold in a social or political vacuum, but developed from power-sharing practices in pre-state Jewish communities in Palestine and in Eastern Europe. Dowty elucidates the broad cluster of cultural, historical, and ideological tenets which came to comprise Israel's contemporary political system. He demonstrates that such tenets were not arbitrary but in fact developed logically from Jewish political habits and the circumstances of time. Dowty illustrates how these traditions are balanced with those of ideology and modernization, and he provides an integrated, sophisticated analysis of the Israeli nation's formation and present state. Dowty also proposes thoughtful answers to puzzles regarding the strengths and weaknesses of Israeli democracy in responding to the challenges of communal divisions, religious contention, the country's non-Jewish minority, and accommodation with the Palestinians.The Jewish Statewill be invaluable for anyone looking for that one book that gives an intelligent overview of both Israel today and of its origins.
Main Description
As the fiftieth anniversary of Israeli statehood approaches, along with the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the World Zionist Organization, the question of what is meant by a "Jewish" state is particularly timely. Alan Dowty takes on that question in a book that is admirable for its clarity and its comprehensive interpretation of the historical roots and contemporary functioning of Israel. Israeli nationhood, democracy, and politics did not unfold in a social or political vacuum, but developed from power-sharing practices in pre-state Jewish communities in Palestine and in Eastern Europe. Dowty elucidates the broad cluster of cultural, historical, and ideological tenets which came to comprise Israel's contemporary political system. He demonstrates that such tenets were not arbitrary but in fact developed logically from Jewish political habits and the circumstances of time. Dowty illustrates how these traditions are balanced with those of ideology and modernization, and he provides an integrated, sophisticated analysis of the Israeli nation's formation and present state. Dowty also proposes thoughtful answers to puzzles regarding the strengths and weaknesses of Israeli democracy in responding to the challenges of communal divisions, religious contention, the country's non-Jewish minority, and accommodation with the Palestinians. The Jewish Statewill be invaluable for anyone looking for that one book that gives an intelligent overview of both Israel today and of its origins.
Main Description
To acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Israeli statehood and the 100th anniversary of the World Zionist Organization, author Alan Dowty explores what is meant by a "Jewish" state. He elucidates the broad cluster of cultural, historical, and ideological tenets which came to comprise Israel's contemporary political system and provides an integrated, sophisticated analysis of the Israeli nation's formation and present state.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Tablesp. xi
Preface to Paperback Editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xix
The Shaping of Israeli Democracy
Democracy in Israelp. 3
Jewish Politicsp. 19
The Zionist Revolutionp. 34
Building a Civic Statep. 61
The Filter of Securityp. 85
The Erosion of Ideologyp. 103
Challenges to Israeli Democracy
The Communal Splitp. 143
Religion and Politicsp. 159
Arabs in Israelp. 184
The Impact of the West Bank and Gazap. 216
Epiloguep. 249
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 333
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