By Gideon Shimoni
Winner of the Arnold Wiznitzer Prize, Hebrew University.
This brilliant and hugely nuanced research strains the advance and ramifications of the ideology of Zionism from its roots in Europe to its complete flowering within the institution of the country of Israel. Gideon Shimoni starts off by means of outlining the social origins of Zionism, together with its debt to ecu nationalism and its next emergence within the Eighteen Eighties, caused via the pogroms within the Russian Empire. He then describes a few of the streams of Zionist notion, and concludes via interpreting either Zionism's reference to a mundane Jewish id and the character of the Jewish declare to Eretz Israel.
Throughout this entire survey, Shimoni illuminates Zionism's universal thread: the underlying axiom "that the Jews are a unmarried, designated, entity owning nationwide, not only non secular, attributes."
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