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Israel: A History (The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies) Hardcover – December 11, 2012

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“[A]n indispensable guide. . . . The author is at her best focusing on economic, social, and culture history—she makes deft use of Hebrew literature to illuminate her points, and she succinctly captures the zeitgeist of the times.”—Publishers Weekly

“Shapira’s Israel has many strengths. . . . That go hand in hand with her rapid, suggestive illumination of themes.”—Jewish Review of Books

“A fascinating new one-volume history of Israel by the eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira explains Arab thinking about partition back in 1947 and the many other unexpected and real events that have comprised Israel’s history from the beginnings of the Zionist movement in the 1890s through the second intifada in 2001. Unlike other histories that often tell Israel’s story by jumping from one war to the next, this one, called “Israel: A History” (Brandeis), captures the nation’s diversity and cultural richness along with its existential struggles.”—Jewish Week

“This is surely a much-needed primer for an English-language audience that is often unaware of the intricacies of the country’s social past, knowing only about the battles and intifadas that seem to make up its history. . . . Shapira’s accessible survey of Israeli history provides a thought-provoking text for those unfamiliar with the Jewish state.”—Jerusalem Post

About the Author

ANITA SHAPIRA is a professor emerita at Tel Aviv University. An internationally acclaimed scholar with a special interest in social and cultural history, Shapira has published pathbreaking studies on the history of Zionism, Jewish-Arab relations, and the state of Israel.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Brandeis (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611683521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611683523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean on April 17, 2013
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As a Gentile reader who is trying to learn about Israel, its beginnings, It's a bit hard to follow the organization. It is written to communicate to someone who knows the geography of Israel, and is part of its current culture. The history is extremely important, because it has shaped the current people. I will continue to read this, but reading the Bernard Lewis histories of the Middle East is helpful in understanding the people/culture that existed before the establishment of Israel in the geographic region we now call Israel, and the conflict that now exists. The small stories of the experiences of the specific settlements, etc, are going to be things I savor in the future, as I understand the political and cultural events that affected them. I would buy this book again, but be prepared that it is not an 'easy read'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EE on April 20, 2014
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This book is deservedly the winner of the National Jewish Book Awards. The only thing lacking is a few diagrams and pictures which would add to this excellent history of Modern Israel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uri Peleg on April 14, 2014
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Very deep, detailed and comprehensive. Describes the borne of Israel and the development of it in an attitude of sympathy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Twisha on July 31, 2013
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Israel' enchanting and intriguing history from the time of first Zionist Congress till the present day conflicts and turmoil that surround it, is inspiring to say the least. It arouses sympathy for a community which since time immemorial has been misunderstood and unjustly treated. Anita Shapira has done a commendable job and painstaking research to bring to light fascinating journey of a people from 'hopelessness' to 'the promised land' and beyond.
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This is a academic level work yet you needn't' be a Jewish professional to understand and benefit from it. It enhanced my historical understanding greatly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefani on May 13, 2013
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I needed to read this for a peace mission this summer to Israel, with a group of other Catholic educators. I am glad that it was required -- it was informative and enjoyable. Definitely more academic than 'pleasure reading' of a general nature though.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bobby on May 5, 2013
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well documented and even handed treatment of a difficult subject, insightful and useful for the student and the scholar alike
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