- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Behrman House; 2nd edition (June 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874413931
- ISBN-13: 978-0874413939
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Young Person's History of Israel Paperback – June 1, 1995
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Although it is a short book, it has room for some excellent pictures and maps. After a brief history of ancient Israel, it pinpoints the start of modern Zionism with the assassination of the Russian Czar Alexander II in 1881. The bulk of the book traces the history of Zionism from then until the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 and its victory in its War of Independence. The book concludes with a short description of Modern Israel and its more recent history.
To the book's credit, it explains that Israel now faces a propaganda war from the Arabs, including oft-repeated Big Lies to the effect that Zionism is a form of racism and that Israel has deprived Arabs of their rights. Future authors of histories of Israel ought to read this book and try to at least do as well!
Twenty chapters and 172 pages include not only the pre-Israel history of the land, but even its prehistoric formation in geological time. There is the obligatory explanation (brief) of biblical history as well as that of all subsequent conquests, including the 7th century Muslim conquest of the land.
As the book explains, lands can die, and under its successive conquerors, Israel died: the plants and animals perished, and the land became a barren one, of desert and swamp. The Jewish people, however, rebuilt and reseeded the land, and made it bloom.
Despite all that, the Jewish people face an unrelenting propaganda war, which this book helps to counter.
--Alyssa A. Lappen