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
- Publication Date: 29/05/2008
- Category: Jewish studies
- ISBN: 9781844672608
- Hardback from £65.95