Imagining Zion [electronic resource] : dreams, designs, and realities in a century of Jewish settlement /
S. Ilan Troen.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
xv, 341 p. : ill., maps.
0300094833 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
0300094833 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-324) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-02-01:
In this book of both history and urban planning, Troen (Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev) chronicles many of the Zionist strategies past and present and weaves the ideas of the settlers with the reality of how various communities were settled. He details the past 125 years of Israeli history, covering much ground in both rural and urban settlements. Many European Zionists were utopians and dreamed of building a perfect, or more perfect, society. Gradually, the dream gave way to problems of security that overshadowed other ideas about equality. The original settlers probably could not have envisioned a wall separating Jews and Arabs. Troen combed many essential primary sources that explain how complicated the physical development of Israel has been and shows how Israeli towns and settlements, both inside and outside of the Green Line, were organized. It might have been interesting to contrast the dreams of Palestinians in terms of communities and to discuss in more detail how and why the present settlements formed their cities in the West Bank and Gaza. Troen includes many maps and photographs that help readers see some of the transformations that occurred. This significant study bridges the gap between narrative history and a focused analysis on Israeli planning. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. G. R. Sharfman Hiram College
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This work shows how professionals & settlers have continually innovated plans for both rural & urban frontiers in response to competing demands for social & political ideologies & the need to achieve productivity, economic independence & security in the often hostile environment of Israel/Palestine.
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This timely book tells the fascinating story of how Zionists colonizers planned and established nearly 700 agricultural settlements, towns, and cities from the 1880s to the present. This extraordinary activity of planners, architects, social scientists, military personnel, politicians, and settlers is inextricably linked to multiple contexts: Jewish and Zionist history, the Arab/Jewish conflict, and the diffusion of European ideas to non-European worlds. S. Ilan Troen demonstrates how professionals and settlers continually innovated plans for both rural and urban frontiers in response to the competing demands of social and political ideologies and the need to achieve productivity, economic independence, and security in a hostile environment. In the 1930s, security became the primary challenge, shaping and even distorting patterns of growth. Not until the 1993 Oslo Accords, with prospects of compromise and accommodation, did planners again imagine Israel as a normal state, developing like other modern societies. Troen concludes that if Palestinian Arabs become reconciled to a Jewish state, Israel will reassign priority to the social and economic development of the country and region.
Table of Contents
The Zionist Village
Covenantal Communitiesp. 3
Trial and Error in the Village Economyp. 15
The Economic Basis for Arab/Jewish Accomodationp. 42
The Village as Military Outpostp. 62
Urban Zion
Tel Aviv: Vienna on the Mediterraneanp. 85
Urban Alternatives: Modern Metropolis, Company Town, and Garden Cityp. 112
"Imagined Communities": The Zionist Variationp. 141
Post-Independence Opportunities and Necessities
The Science and Politics of National Developmentp. 163
From New Towns to Development Townsp. 184
Israeli Villages: Transforming the Countrysidep. 208
Establishing a Capital: Jerusalem, 1948-1967p. 233
Contested Metropolis: Jerusalem After the 1967 Warp. 259
Epilogue: Israel into the Twenty-First Centuryp. 281
Notesp. 293
Indexp. 325
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