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What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest-running national struggle of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of “historical right” and tracks the creation of the modern concept of the “Land of Israel” by nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

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"In his newest, Sand (The Invention of the Jewish People), a professor of modern history at the University of Tel Aviv, seeks 'to deconstruct the concept of the Jewish ‘historical right' to the Land of Israel and its associated nationalist narratives.' Supported by religious and historical sources, he shows that the term 'Land of Israel' gained primacy in the early 20th century, and that before that time, observant Jews thought of the land as 'an internal spiritual state' rather than a 'concrete territorial site.' However, early secular Zionist pioneers began to incorporate notions of redemption into their migrational aspirations. In the process, Zionist and Israeli leaders often rode roughshod over the rights of Palestinian Arabs. Finally, Sand unpacks the radical 'Judaization' of Israel after 1948, and shows how, post-1967, a 'mythic Land of Israel' that included the West Bank and East Jerusalem 'continued to inhabit the interstices of Zionist consciousness.' A thought-provoking, readable, and important work." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Groundbreaking new work from the controversial author of Invention of the Jewish People.

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What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest-running national struggle of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of “historical right” and tracks the creation of the modern concept of the “Land of Israel” by nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

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Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, LIllusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le débat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siècle à lécran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israël.

Geremy Forman teaches in the Department for Land of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa. He has most recently contributed to the collection Reapproaching Borders: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel–Palestine.

About the Author

Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, L’Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le débat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siècle à l’écran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israël.

Geremy Forman teaches in the Department for Land of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa. He has most recently contributed to the collection Reapproaching Borders: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel-Palestine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781844679461
Author:
Sand, Shlomo
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Forman, Geremy
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his newest, Sand (The Invention of the Jewish People), a professor of modern history at the University of Tel Aviv, seeks 'to deconstruct the concept of the Jewish ‘historical right' to the Land of Israel and its associated nationalist narratives.' Supported by religious and historical sources, he shows that the term 'Land of Israel' gained primacy in the early 20th century, and that before that time, observant Jews thought of the land as 'an internal spiritual state' rather than a 'concrete territorial site.' However, early secular Zionist pioneers began to incorporate notions of redemption into their migrational aspirations. In the process, Zionist and Israeli leaders often rode roughshod over the rights of Palestinian Arabs. Finally, Sand unpacks the radical 'Judaization' of Israel after 1948, and shows how, post-1967, a 'mythic Land of Israel' that included the West Bank and East Jerusalem 'continued to inhabit the interstices of Zionist consciousness.' A thought-provoking, readable, and important work." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Groundbreaking new work from the controversial author of Invention of the Jewish People.
"Synopsis" by , What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest-running national struggle of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of “historical right” and tracks the creation of the modern concept of the “Land of Israel” by nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

"Synopsis" by , Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, LIllusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le débat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siècle à lécran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israël.

Geremy Forman teaches in the Department for Land of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa. He has most recently contributed to the collection Reapproaching Borders: New Perspectives on the Study of Israel–Palestine.

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