By Martin van Creveld

The definitive one-volume heritage of Israel through its so much distinct historian From its Zionist beginnings on the finish of the 19th century during the earlier sixty, tumultuous years, the kingdom of Israel has been, as van Creveld argues, “the maximum good fortune tale within the whole 20th century.” during this crisp quantity, he skillfully relates the unbelievable tale of a nationless those that, given a sizzling and arid patch of land and dealing with each possible quandary, based a rustic that's now the envy of surrounding states. whereas so much reports on Israel specialise in the political, this encompassing historical past weaves jointly the nation’s monetary, social, cultural and spiritual narratives whereas additionally delivering diplomatic suggestions to assist Israel in achieving peace. with no query, this is often the simplest one-volume background of Israel and its humans.

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Paper) 1. Israel—History. 2. Jews—Israel—History. I. Title. 9405—dc22 2009047574 First Edition: August 2010 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For Orr To be a free people in our own land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem CONTENTS Prologue 1. Forged in Fury (1897–1949) 2. Full Steam Ahead (1949–1967) 3. The Nightmare Years (1967–1980) 4. New Challenges (1981–1995) 5. Tragedy, Triumph, and Struggle (1995–Present) Epilogue: “No More War”? Glossary of Hebrew Terms Time Line of Events Notes Acknowledgments Index PROLOGUE Why and What For Ever since the time when the idea of building a sovereign Jewish state—the first in almost two thousand years—was floated during the last years of the nineteenth century, it has been surrounded by controversy.

Where they differed from their predecessors was in that many were committed socialists, albeit of various kinds. For example, Dvora Zatulovsky (1890–1956), mother of Moshe Dayan, had been born to a well-to-do family in Ukraine. She studied at the University of St. Petersburg, tried her hand as a social worker in an attempt to uplift the Russian masses, and was among the thousands who followed Lev Tolstoy’s coffin when he was buried in 1910. ” In the Land of Israel, as in some other countries, communist ideology existed long before there was capital, or industry, or an industrial proletariat to speak of.

In Jaffa, in Haifa, and a few other places, there were even a handful of Arabic language papers, although their number, per head of the population, was far below that of Jewish ones. These were clearly signs of progress and boded well for the future. As shown by the fact that the port of Jaffa, for all its shortcomings, was by far the largest on the eastern Mediterranean shore, compared with the neighboring countries, the Land of Israel was already drawing ahead. It even attracted immigrants from these countries.

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