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Jerusalem Recovered: Victorian Intellectuals and the Birth of Modern Zionismby Michael Polowetzky
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This book demonstrates that the Balfour Declaration--the British decision to establish a Jewish homeland in postwar Palestine made on November 2, 1917 — was the culmination of over 60 years of active preoccupation with Jewish culture and history among the British elite. Among these activists were the social reformer Lord Shaftesbury, the statesman Benjamin Disraeli, the novelist George Eliot, the archaeologist Charles Warren, and the romantic adventurer Laurence Oliphant. This study demonstrates how admiration for Judaism among the British elite influenced their actions and even their view of the world.
Book News Annotation:
The Balfour Declaration of 1917 announced Britain's support of the establishment of a national homeland for the Jewish people in postwar Palestine, and represented the culmination of interest in Jewish culture and history among the British elite. The author illustrates the appeal of Jewish history for some of the most famous and influential individuals in 19th-century British intellectual society, such as statesman Benjamin Disraeli, novelist George Eliot, and romantic adventurer Laurence Oliphant.
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This book shows that, despite long-held misconceptions, admiration for Judaism and support for a Zionist state greatly influenced the nineteenth-century British elite.
About the Author
MICHAEL POLOWETZKY's first book, A Bond Never Broken (1993), analyzed Napoleon's relations with the French literary community.
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