- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Verso; 5/15/10 edition (June 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844676234
- ISBN-13: 978-1844676231
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 217 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, L’Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le débat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siècle à l’écran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israël.
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The most interesting parts were the couple of chapters dedicated to Jewish proselytism and whether or not there was a mass expulsion of Jews from Judea. The parts of the book about Jewish ethno-nationalism in the 19th Century were far less interesting.