On the Bookshelf

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Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel

Michal Shaul, translated by Lenn J. Schramm and Gail Wald

FORTHCOMING December 2020

Offers a rare mix of empathy and scholarly rigor to understandings of the role that the community's collective memories and survivor mentality have played in creating Israel's national identity.

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Israeli Community Action: Civic Associations and Community Resilience

Paula Kabalo

FORTHCOMING December 2020

Illuminates how the engagement of Israelis in community efforts brought them together and shored them up to face the future in their new country.

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Israeli Foreign Policy: A People Shall Not Dwell Alone

Uri Bialer

Lays a foundation for understanding the principal aspects of Israeli foreign policy from the early days of the state's existence to the Oslo Accords. 

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Rachel Rojanski

Tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew.

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From Schlemiel to Sabra: Zionist Masculinity and Palestinian Hebrew Literature

Philip Hollander

Examines how masculine ideals and images of the New Hebrew man shaped the Israeli state. 

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Neil Caplan and Kobi Sharett

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. 

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Menachem Begin and the Israel-Egypt Peace Process: Between Ideology and Political Realism

Gerald M. Steinberg and Ziv RubinovitzI

Illuminates the complexities that Menachem Begin faced in navigating between ideology and political realism in the negotiations towards a peace treaty that remains a unique diplomatic achievement.

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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.

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The Palestinian National Revival

Moshe Shemesh

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.

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Ilan Troen and Rachel Fish, eds.

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.

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Avshalom Rubin

Was Israel's occupation of the West Bank inevitable? From 1949-1967, the West Bank was the center of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman

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.

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Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor

A fresh look at Jewish-Arab Relations in Palestine under the British Mandate.

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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.

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Tamar Hess

Reveals the intimate ties between selfhood and nationality, life story and national narrative, through Hebrew autobiography.

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Hillel Cohen

A new and provocative reassessment of the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Calvin Goldscheider

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.

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Yigal Schwartz

A comprehensive reinterpretation of the development of Hebrew and Israeli literature against the backdrop of the Zionist ideal.

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Anat Helman

With a light touch and many wonderful illustrations, historian Anat Helman shows how ordinary people negotiated the chaos of early statehood.

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Tuvia Friling

The biography of the Communist Jewish Kapo whose controversy-ridden story spans Europe and Israel. "An astonishingly excellent work of historical reconstruction and interpretation..."

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Motti Golani

A fascinating look at the end of British rule in Palestine, through the eyes of its final high commissioner.

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Ilana Szobel

Astute analysis of the work of the great Israeli poet through the lens of psychoanalysis, gender, nationalism, and trauma theory.

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Anita Shapira

Written by one of Israel’s most notable scholars, this volume provides a breathtaking history of Israel from the origins of the Zionist movement in the late 19th century to the present day.

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Orit Rozin

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.

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Boaz Neumann

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.

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Maoz Azaryahu and S. Ilan Troen, eds.

Traces the development and paradoxes of Tel Aviv as an urban center and a national symbol. 

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Gabriel Sheffer and Oren Barak, eds.

The Israeli case offers insights about the role of the military and security in democratic nations in contemporary times.

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Anat Helman

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

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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

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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.

Learn more about "Israel in the Middle East: Documents and Readings on Society, Politics, and Foreign Relations, Pre-1948 to Present"