Synopses & Reviews
What is a homeland? 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. The invention of the modern concept of the “Land of Israel” in the nineteenth century, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel, it is also what is threatening Israel’s existence today.
"Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book." Tony Judt, on < i=""> The Invention of the Jewish People <>
"Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don’t change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark." Eric Hobsbawm, on < i=""> The Invention of the Jewish People <>
Groundbreaking new work from the controversial author of The Invention of the Jewish People
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