"Provides a comprehensive treatment of the history of Zionism, one
of the few great success stories in ideological movements, and
movements of national liberation in the twentieth century. Few are
more qualified to edit a volume on this subject than Anita Shapira
and Jehuda Reinharz."
--Chaim Herzog, Former President of Israel
"The most comprehensive collection of articles on the history of
Zionism, covering all its aspects, written by the leading experts
in the field, a unique, indispensable work for all serious students
of the subject."
--Walter Laqueur, author of A History of Zionism
Zionism, more than any other social and political movement in
the modern era, has completely and fundamentally altered the
self-image of the Jewish people and its relations with the non-
Jewish world. As the dominant expression of Jewish nationalism,
Zionism revolutionized the very concept of Jewish peoplehood,
taking upon itself the transformation of the Jewish people from a
minority into a majority, and from a diaspora community into a
Bringing together for the first time the work of the most
distinguished historians of Zionism and the Yishuv (pre-state
Israeli society), many never before translated into English, this
volume offers a comprehensive treatment of the history of Zionism.
The contributions are diverse, examining such topics as the
ideological development of the Jewish nationalist movement, Zionist
trends in the Land of Israel, and relations between Jews, Arabs,
and the British in Palestine. Contributors include: Jacob Katz,
Shmuel Almog, Yosef Salmon, David Vital, Steven J. Zipperstein,
Michael Heymann, Jonathan Frankel, George L. Berlin, Israel
Oppenheim, Gershon Shaked, Joseph Heller, Hagit Lavsky, and Bernard
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