Synopses & Reviews
Focusing on the cultural invention of Zionism, Michael Berkowitz explores how and why the Jewish nationalist movement was embraced by assimilated Jews of Western Europe before World War I. He pays special attention to the symbolism, artistic representations, and mythology that attracted European Jews to Zionism, which coexisted equally with the nationalisms of their home countries. The book was originally published in 1993.
Berkowitz has greatly enriched our understanding of the formation of Zionist culture prior to World War I.
Vicki Caron, American Historical Review
[An] enriching exploration of the rhetoric and imagery.
[A] highly original and informative book.
Max Beloff, Jewish Journal of Sociology
"Berkowitz has greatly enriched our understanding of the formation of Zionist culture prior to World War I.
Vicki Caron, American Historical Review"
Berkowitz's vivid account of the symbolism of early Zionism is eye-opening.
David Sorkin, Central European History
Michael Berkowitz's superb new book provides a novel approach to the early history of the Zionist movement in Europe.
Francis R. Nicosia, History of European Ideas