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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486258491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486258492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation)

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Theodor Herzl (1860–1904), was an Austro-Hungarian journalist and the father of modern political Zionism and in effect the State of Israel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a very interesting book that ought to be read by anyone fascinated with history.
Dr. Bojan Tunguz
This book is the basis of how the state Israel should be created according to the end of the 19th century "Wiener" Theodor Herzl.
Timmerman Rudy
Herzl is perhaps the best known proponent of zionism, and the ideological founder of the State of Israel.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Yehuda Ben Aron on June 22, 2008
In this review I refer to this edition,from Filiquarian Publishing,only. Without question this document has extreme historical and philosophical importance. Everyone who has an interest in the history of Zionism, Israel, Jewish migration and development, or even just a general interest in sociology or economics should have a copy in their library. But not this edition! It is so rife with typographical errors, misspellings, dropped words and such that it is often unreadable. An hour or two's work by a copy editor would have made a world of difference.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
In response to the poor situation in which most European Jews lived, Herzl formulated his ideas on modern political Zionism. "The Jewish State" serves as a basis for the reunion of the Hebrew people as Herzl invisioned it. All Zionists and Jewish scholars/historians should become familiar with the principles of Zionism as outlined here by Herzl. "The Jewish State" played a highly significant role in begining the pioneer emegration which later led to the establishment of Israel. It is also quite interesting to compare Herzl's orignal thoughts and ideas with Israeli society, the fruition of his work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cassio Sztokfisz on November 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is just fundamental for anyone who considers itself a zionist or is interested in zionism. Herzl, considered the "father" of Zionism, exposes his thoughts over the importance of creating a Jewish State.And he goes further, by explaning how this would be done.It's also interesting to know the ideas of a man that, with his politycal zionism, not only created theories but also became an activist of his own idea, leading the way to efective action for establishing the State of Israel.Maybe he was wrong in some ideas, like the "linguistic federation", but this doesn't take his credits.In this book you will understand why people talk so much about him.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steven Lynch on January 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Herzl's writings and activity got the push for a Jewish State going. This pamplet is an overly optimistic approach to starting a new Jewish state circa just pre-1900. Very little of Herzl's ideas actually ever came about to fruition from what I understand about history, and its a good thing too, otherwise Israel would probably be communist today.
The further I read, the more sad I became as I considered how only something as horrible as the Holocaust could bring the Jewish population of the world back into their traditional land. However, Herzl's purpose was exactly to prevent persecution of the Jews. The only prophetic thing in this book was his speculation that some Jews would need to go through a little more suffering before they came around to the idea of a Jewish state. No one could contemplate the "Final Solution" however.
Herzl's Utopian-like ideas were interesting solutions to many problems the future nation of Israel would actually face.
You will learn something from this book if you are either a student of History or the Bible, but don't expect a short read.
**UPDATE**
I've upped the book an additional star after I've let it soak into me for a while. The pure historical importance of this document makes it a must read in today's troubled world. I've also thought about how Herzl just let his mind work through all the hoops of creating a new society from scratch, and admire him for putting it to paper.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harold Y. Grooms on January 13, 2002
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"The Jewish State," was the means by which author, Theodor Herzl, rallied world Jewry to the cause of establishing a national homeland for his people. Published in 1896, this little pamphlet ignited age-old passions among Jews the world over and began the drive for the establishment of the first Jewish State in 2000 years. By doing so, Herzl set in motion events that monopolize the world's attention today.
In "The Jewish State," Herzl outlines the plan for establishing his state. In a logical, step-by-step process he defines how the land would be colonized, financed, and administered. Palestine and Argentina are suggested as possible sites. However, Palestine emerges clearly as the desired locale for spiritual and emotional reasons. Anyone trying to establish a state could use this pamphlet as a guide. Yasser Arafat should be given a copy!
Emerson said that American colonists fired, "the shot heard 'round the world," at Lexington and Concord. Herzl fired a similar shot by publishing "The Jewish State." He, no less than the colonists, started a revolution by his actions. Both ultimately achieved their goals of establishing a state for their peoples. However, America did not have to endure a Holocaust to facilitate an exodus to our shores; unfortunately, Israel did.
Today, the Jewish State exists in the form of modern Israel. Born out of controversy, this state exists as a prosperous, democratic entity, in the midst of numerically superior and extremely hostile Arab states. Jews have their home, but they have to fight daily to keep them. Is this what Herzl envisioned? Did he do the world a favor by establishing his state? The verdict is still out. One thing is clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elise Trumbull on November 9, 2006
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Herzl's book is a must-read for anyone who wants to get a sense of the Zionist movement and the passion of its most famous leader. It's a short book, easy to read, but provocative-- situating the reader in a period when Jews had both become emancipated from the ghetto and begun to attain some social and economic power. No surprise that anti-Semitism was an almost immediate result. I recommend it for Jews and non-Jews alike.
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