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The Return of Zionism : Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel, Paperback / softback Book

The Return of Zionism : Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel Paperback / softback


In this original and wide-ranging study, Gabriel Piterberg examines the ideology and literature behind the colonization of Palestine, from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Exploring Zionism's origins in Central-Eastern European nationalism and settler movements, he shows how its texts can be placed within a wider discourse of western colonization.

Piterberg revisits the work of Theodor Herzl, Gershom Scholem, Anita Shapira and David Ben-Gurion, among other thinkers influential in the formation of the Zionist myth, to break open prevailing views of Zionism.

He demonstrates that it was in fact unexceptional, expressing a consciousness and imagination typical of colonial settler movement.

Shaped by European ideological currents and the realities of colonial life, Zionism constructed its own story as a unique and impregnable one, in the process excluding the voices of an indigenous people - the Palestinian Arabs.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books
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  • Category: Jewish studies
  • ISBN: 9781844672608

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