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A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel Hardcover – July, 1997
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The book is exactly what it says it is-a history of Zionism from the French Revolution to the establishment of the State of Israel, making use of a wide range of primary and secondary sources in various languages.
Laqueur gives a rich and penetrating description of the Jewish communities in both Western and Eastern Europe, describing the various forces that tugged at the Jews during this period - anti-semitism, an increased desire to assimilate on the one hand and a growing sense of self-pride in Jewish heritage on the other. It was against this background that Zionism burst onto the scene in the late 19th century.
Laqueur gives an interesting, at times funny and at times tragic, of the Zionist movement and its members as they struggled to achieve their goals of Jewish self-determination in the former Land of Israel against great odds, sometimes achieving great success (the Balfour Declaration), and sometimes facing disasterous crises (the Holocaust and the destruction of European Jewry). Laqueur demonstrates that all this was done while the Zionists were a minority, with a largely indifferent and even hostile Jewish community in some countries (especially in Britain and Germany, although they enjoyed widespread support in Eastern Europe), refusing to foot the bill for what seemed a fantastic project at the time.Read more ›
Lacquer's main defense of Zionism is success. It succeeded - therefore it is. At no point, however, does he try to cover up what the Zionists actually did - dispossess and expel the Arabs. Thus, his book has basic scholarly merit - even if one disagrees with his basic ideological position. Subject to that reservation, the book can be recommended.
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I am just getting into it and I am confident I am going to like it. Very thorough and very readable.Published 3 months ago by Delores E. Lynch
This is a quite large volume on the history of Zionism. I've just started reading the book but it is a scholarly and academically written work. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Milo
Walter Zeev Laqueur (born 1921) is a Jewish American historian and political commentator. He has written many books, such as The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times... Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Steven H Propp