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Birthrate Politics in Zion, by Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman, was published October 23, 2017

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Oriental Neighbors, by Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor, wins Shapiro Prize

Essential Israel: Essay for the 21st Century has just been published by Indiana University Press, March 2017

 

 



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Essential Israel: Essays for the 21st Century


eds. Ilan Troen and Rachel Fish

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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Birthrate Politics in Zion: Judaism, Nationalism, and Modernity under the British Mandate


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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Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine


Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor

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

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1948

The War of 1948: Representations of Israeli and Palestinian Memories and Narratives


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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Rozin

A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights and National Identity in the New Israeli State


Orit Rozin

Sheds new light on the inner workings of the early Israeli state and the sensibilities of its population

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Hess

Self as Nation: Contemporary Hebrew Autobiography


Tamar Hess

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

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Cohen Year Zero

Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1929


Hillel Cohen

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

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Goldscheider Society

Israeli Society in the Twenty-First Century: Immigration, Inequality and Religious Conflict


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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Schwartz Zionist Paradox

The Zionist Paradox: Hebrew Literature & Israeli Identity


Yigal Schwartz

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

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HelmanIsraeli

Becoming Israeli: National Ideals and Everyday Life in the 1950s


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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Friling

A Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz: History, Memory, and the Politics of Survival


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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Golani

Palestine Between Politics and Terror: 1945-1947


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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A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch

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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 Shapira

Israel: A History

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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The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel: A Challenge to Collectivism 

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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Land and Desire in Early Zionism

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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Tel Aviv, The First Century: Vision, Designs, Actualities

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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Militarism and Israeli Society

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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Young Tel Aviv: A Tale of Two Cities

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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Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet

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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Israel in the Middle East: Documents and Readings on Society, Politics, and Foreign Relations, Pre-1948 to the Present, Second Edition

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.

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