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In search of Israel : the history of an idea / Michael Brenner.

Author/creator Brenner, Michael, 1964- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]
Descriptionxv, 372 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Uniform titleIsrael. English
Contents Introduction: A state (un)like any other state -- 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.
Abstract 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. When Theodor Herzl convened the First Zionist Congress in 1897, no single solution to the problem of "normalizing" the Jewish people emerged. Herzl proposed a secular-liberal "New Society" that would be home to Jews and non-Jews alike. East European Zionists advocated the renewal of the Hebrew language and the creation of a distinct Jewish culture. Socialists imagined a society of workers' collectives and farm settlements. The Orthodox dreamt of a society based on the laws of Jewish scripture. The stage was set for a clash of Zionist dreams and Israeli realities that continues today. Seventy years after its founding, Israel has achieved much, but for a state widely viewed as either a paragon or a pariah, Brenner argues, the goal of becoming a state like any other remains elusive. If the Jews were the archetypal "other" in history, ironically, Israel--which so much wanted to avoid the stamp of otherness--has become the Jew among the nations.
General note"This edition is a substantially revised translation of Israel: Traum und Wirklichkeit des Jüdischen Staates by Michale Brenner, © Verlag C.H. Beck oHG, Munchen 2016"--Title page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2017037393
ISBN9780691179285 (hardcover alkaline paper)
ISBN069117928X (hardcover alkaline paper)

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