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In Search of Israel : The History of an Idea, Paperback / softback Book

In Search of Israel : The History of an Idea Paperback / softback


A major new history of the century-long debate over what a Jewish state should beMany Zionists who advocated for the creation of a Jewish state envisioned a nation like any other.

Yet for Israel's founders, the nation that emerged against all odds in 1948 was anything but ordinary.

Born from the ashes of genocide and a long history of suffering, Israel was conceived to be unique, a model society and the heart of a prosperous new Middle East.

It is this paradox, says historian Michael Brenner-the Jewish people's wish for a homeland both normal and exceptional-that shapes Israel's ongoing struggle to define itself and secure a place among nations.

In Search of Israel is a major new history of this struggle from the late nineteenth century to our time.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 392 pages, 24 b/w illus. 4 maps.
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
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  • Category: Middle Eastern history
  • ISBN: 9780691203973

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