On the Bookshelf
Former Israeli intelligence officer Moshe Shemesh offers a fresh understanding of the complex history and politics of the Middle East in this new analysis of the Palestinian national movement.
Neil Caplan and Kobi Sharett
My Struggle for Peace is, above all, an intimate record of the decline of Moshe Sharett’s moderate approach and the rise of more "activist-militant" trends in Israeli society, culminating in the Suez/Sinai war of 1956. This long-awaited English abridgement of Sharett’s Yoman Ishi [Personal diary] (Ma’ariv, 1978) maintains the integrity, flavor, and impact of the 8-volume Hebrew original and includes additional documentary material that was not accessible at the time.
Alan Dowty traces the earliest roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict to the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, arguing that this historical approach highlights constant clashes between religious and ethnic groups in Palestine.
Gerald Steinberg and Ziv Rubinovitz
Examines a wide variety of complex issues and current concerns in historical and contemporary contexts to provide readers with an intimate sense of the dynamic society and culture that is Israel today.
Was Israel's occupation of the West Bank inevitable? From 1949-1967, the West Bank was the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Despite both national and traditional imperatives to have many children, the birthrate of the Jewish community in British Mandate Palestine declined steadily from 1920-1948. During these years Jews were caught in contradictions between political and social objectives, religion, culture and individual needs.
Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor
A fresh look at Jewish-Arab Relations in Palestine under the British Mandate.
Avraham Sela and Alon Kadish, eds.
The 1948 War is remembered in this special volume, including aspects of Israeli-Jewish memory and Israeli-Palestinian memory.
Sheds new light on the inner workings of the early Israeli state and the sensibilities of its population.
Reveals the intimate ties between selfhood and nationality, life story and national narrative, through Hebrew autobiography.
A new and provocative reassessment of the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
A data-based analysis of social life and social problems in contemporary Israel that draws a vivid portrait of a dynamic and rapidly changing society.
A comprehensive reinterpretation of the development of Hebrew and Israeli literature against the backdrop of the Zionist ideal.
With a light touch and many wonderful illustrations, historian Anat Helman shows how ordinary people negotiated the chaos of early statehood.
The biography of the Communist Jewish Kapo whose controversy-ridden story spans Europe and Israel. "An astonishingly excellent work of historical reconstruction and interpretation..."
A fascinating look at the end of British rule in Palestine, through the eyes of its final high commissioner.
Astute analysis of the work of the great Israeli poet through the lens of psychoanalysis, gender, nationalism, and trauma theory.
A history of Israel in the early state period that overturns traditional accounts of Israeli society in the 1950s. Rozin examines major sectors of Israeli society that espoused individualism and opposed the state-imposed collectivist ideology.
Desire for the Land and a visceral identification with it begin to explain the pioneer experience and its impact on Israeli history and collective memory as well as on Israelis' abiding connection to the Land of Israel.
Maoz Azaryahu and S. Ilan Troen, eds.
Traces the development and paradoxes of Tel Aviv as an urban center and a national symbol.
Based on a painstaking study of myriad of archival and cultural sources, Helman’s study "presents the rich texture of daily life and public events in young Tel Aviv as it was developing into a major urban center of the Zionist Yishuv."— Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University
Nili Scharf Gold
"By uncovering the European roots of this central, widely read and much translated Israeli author, Gold opens the way for other similar studies of the European background of Israeli writing. Her book will be indispensable for all future studies of Amichai's poetry."— Arnold Band, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California at Los Angeles
Itamar Rabinovich and Jehuda Reinharz
This timely anthology provides convenient access to the most significant documents of the Zionist movement since 1882 and of Israel's domestic and foreign policy issues between 1948 and 2006.