In search of Israel : the history of an idea / Michael Brenner.Publication details: Princenton : Princenton University Press , 2018 Description: 372 p. : il. ; 22 cmISBN: 9780691179285Subject(s): Judaísmo | Israel
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The five seasons of 1897 : shaping the Jewish future -- Winter in Berlin -- Spring in Vienna -- Summer in Basel -- Fall in Vilna -- Winter in Odessa -- The seven-hour-land : a light unto the nations -- Utopian ideals -- Hebrew revival -- Socialist dreams -- Orthodox reservations -- The national home : a state in the making? -- The autonomy solution -- The one-state solution -- The two-state solution -- The elsewhere solution -- Original Israel : a state defining itself -- What is a Jewish state? -- Who is a Jew in the Jewish state? -- Where is the new Canaan? -- Greater Israel : a state expanding -- Seventh day realities -- Messianic visions -- Apocalyptic nightmares -- Peace illusions -- Global Israel : a state beyond borders -- Israel abroad -- Israel imagined -- Israel lost and found -- Conclusion : Israel's new order.
Many Zionists who advocated the creation of a Jewish state envisioned a nation like any other. Yet for Israel's founders, the state that emerged against all odds in 1948 was anything but ordinary. Born from the ashes of genocide and a long history of suffering, Israel was conceived to be unique, a model society and the heart of a prosperous new Middle East. It is this paradox, says historian Michael Brenner--the Jewish people's wish for a homeland both normal and exceptional—that shapes Israel's ongoing struggle to define itself and secure a place among nations. In Search of Israel is a major new history of this struggle from the late nineteenth century to our time.