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The Zionist Ideology (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series)
The Zionist Ideology (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series)
 
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Gideon Shimoni

Publisher: Brandeis University Press


The definitive study of the origins and evolution of Jewish nationalist ideology.

Winner of the Arnold Wiznitzer Prize, Hebrew University.

This superb and highly nuanced study traces the development and ramifications of the ideology of Zionism from its roots in Europe to its full flowering in the establishment of the State of Israel. Gideon Shimoni begins by outlining the social origins of Zionism, including its debt to European nationalism and its subsequent emergence in the 1880s, precipitated by the pogroms in the Russian Empire. He then describes the various streams of Zionist thought, and concludes by examining both Zionism's connection with a secular Jewish identity and the nature of the Jewish claim to Eretz Israel.

Throughout this comprehensive survey, Shimoni illuminates Zionism's common thread: the underlying axiom "that the Jews are a single, distinctive, entity possessing national, not just religious, attributes."



"This intelligent book places the development of Zionist ideology in a sensible comparative framework, highlighting its distinctive features without making it seem unlike all other forms of nationalism . . . Once Zionism took hold, it developed along several different paths, each expertly described in this carefully researched and well-written book." -- Foreign Affairs

"Shimoni writes about Zionist ideology like no one else before him . . . Not only does he succeed in conveying the main points and putting them in proper analytical context, but amazingly enough, it all sounds quite fascinating." -- Ha'aretz

"An outstanding study . . . Comprehensive in the breadth and depth of its analysis and exemplary in its methodology, this book takes its place with other seminal studies of Zionism." -- Library Journal

"The most detailed and systematic work of its kind." -- Walter Laqueur

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