The most comprehensive Zionist collection ever published, The
Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland-Then, Now, Tomorrow
sheds light on the surprisingly diverse and shared visions for
realizing Israel as a democratic Jewish state. Building on Arthur
Hertzberg's classic, The Zionist Idea, Gil Troy explores the
backstories, dreams, and legacies of more than 170 passionate
Jewish visionaries-quadruple Hertzberg's original number, and now
including women, mizrachim, and others-from the 1800s to today.
Troy divides the thinkers into six Zionist schools of
thought-Political, Revisionist, Labor, Religious, Cultural, and
Diaspora Zionism-and reveals the breadth of the debate and
surprising syntheses. He also presents the visionaries within three
major stages of Zionist development, demonstrating the length and
evolution of the conversation. Part 1 (pre-1948) introduces the
pioneers who founded the Jewish state, such as Herzl, Gordon,
Jabotinsky, Kook, Ha'am, and Szold. Part 2 (1948 to 2000) features
builders who actualized and modernized the Zionist blueprints, such
as Ben-Gurion, Berlin, Meir, Begin, Soloveitchik, Uris, and Kaplan.
Part 3 showcases today's torchbearers, including Barak, Grossman,
Shaked, Lau, Yehoshua, and Sacks. This mosaic of voices will engage
equally diverse readers in reinvigorating the Zionist
conversation-weighing and developing the moral, social, and
political character of the Jewish state of today and tomorrow.
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