The Shaping of Israeli Identity

Myth, Memory and Trauma

Author: Robert Wistrich,David Ohana

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135205949

Category: History

Page: 256

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A dozen essays document the evolution of national myths in Israel as the heroic figures and events of independence and survival transmute into blind fanaticism, great-power manipulation, and traditional colonialism and genocide. Without passing any judgement on the changes, they delve into the meani

Israeli Identity

In Search of a Successor to the Pioneer, Tsabar and Settler

Author: Lilly Weissbrod

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135293864

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

View: 8420

This thoroughly researched book reveals the true identity of the modern Israeli. Israelis are unique in having changed their identity three times in only one hundred years. Written in a user-friendly style, the book will appeal to scholars and students of the Middle East.

The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity

Author: Alexandra Nocke

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9047426711

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 2404

This book offers new perspectives on Israel’s evolving Mediterranean identity, which centers around the longing to find a "natural" place in the region. It explores Mediterraneanism as reflected in popular music, literature, architecture, and daily life, and analyzes ways in which the notion comprises cultural identity and polical realities.

Israeli and Palestinian Narratives of Conflict

History's Double Helix

Author: Robert I. Rotberg

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253218578

Category: History

Page: 283

View: 5765

How historical narratives shape perceptions and actions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Remembering the Holocaust

A Debate

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190207639

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 9295

Remembering the Holocaust explains why the Holocaust has come to be considered the central event of the 20th century, and what this means. Presenting Jeffrey Alexander's controversial essay that, in the words of Geoffrey Hartman, has already become a classic in the Holocaust literature, and following up with challenging and equally provocative responses to it, this book offers a sweeping historical reconstruction of the Jewish mass murder as it evolved in the popular imagination of Western peoples, as well as an examination of its consequences. Alexander's inquiry points to a broad cultural transition that took place in Western societies after World War II: from confidence in moving past the most terrible of Nazi wartime atrocities to pessimism about the possibility for overcoming violence, ethnic conflict, and war. The Holocaust has become the central tragedy of modern times, an event which can no longer be overcome, but one that offers possibilities to extend its moral lessons beyond Jews to victims of other types of secular and religious strife. Following Alexander's controversial thesis is a series of responses by distinguished scholars in the humanities and social sciences--Martin Jay, Bernhard Giesen, Michael Rothberg, Robert Manne, Nathan Glazer, and Elihu & Ruth Katz--considering the implications of the universal moral relevance of the Holocaust. A final response from Alexander in a postscript focusing on the repercussions of the Holocaust in Israel concludes this forthright and engaging discussion. Remembering the Holocaust is an all-too-rare debate on our conception of the Holocaust, how it has evolved over the years, and the profound effects it will have on the way we envision the future.

Israeli Identity in Transition

Author: Anita Shapira

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: 9780275976606

Category: History

Page: 268

View: 3891

The last 15 years have witnessed deep changes in Israeli society. The naive solidarity of the early years of statehood has given way to more sophisticated approaches, and the atmosphere of the 1990s was conducive towards critique and open discussion. It was the age of the Oslo Accords, of the large wave of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, economic growth and prosperity, and a concurrent feeling of security and well-being. Israel was fast becoming a postcapitalist society, a junior member of the global village. This newly acquired self-assurance led to openness towards unorthodox views on basic questions of Israeli identity. This book attempts to come to grips with these themes. The complex texture of Israeli society is drawn here by a number of hands, presenting up-to-date approaches, as viewed by experts.

Narrative der Shoah

Repräsentationen der Vergangenheit in Historiographie, Kunst und Politik

Author: Susanne Düwell,Matthias Schmidt

Publisher: N.A


Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Page: 306

View: 580


Nietzsche and Jewish Culture

Author: Jacob Golomb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134867263

Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

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Friedrich Nietzsche occupies a contradictory position in the history of ideas: he came up with the concept of a master race, yet an eminent Jewish scholar like Martin Buber translated his Also sprach Zarathustra into Polish and remained in a lifelong intellectual dialogue with Nietzsche. Sigmund Freud admired his intellectual courage and was not at all reluctant to admit that Nietzsche had anticipated many of his basic ideas. This unique collection of essays explores the reciprocal relationship between Nietzsche and Jewish culture. It is organized in two parts: the first examines Nietzsche's attitudes towards Jews and Judaism; the second Nietzsche's influence on Jewish intellectuals as diverse and as famous as Franz Kafka, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig and Sigmund Freud. Each carefully selected essay explores one aspect of Nietzsche's relation to Judaism and German intellectual history, from Heinrich Heine to Nazism.

Shared Land/Conflicting Identity

Trajectories of Israeli & Palestinian Symbol Use

Author: Robert C. Rowland,David A. Frank

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 0870139495

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 406

View: 8107

Shared Land/Conflicting Identity: Trajectories of Israeli and Palestinian Symbol Use argues that rhetoric, ideology, and myth have played key roles in influencing the development of the 100-year conflict between first the Zionist settlers and the current Israeli people and the Palestinian residents in what is now Israel. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is usually treated as an issue of land and water. While these elements are the core of the conflict, they are heavily influenced by the symbols used by both peoples to describe, understand, and persuade each other. The authors argue that symbolic practices deeply influenced the Oslo Accords, and that the breakthrough in the peace process that led to Oslo could not have occurred without a breakthrough in communication styles. Rowland and Frank develop four crucial ideas on social development: the roles of rhetoric, ideology, and myth; the influence of symbolic factors; specific symbolic factors that played a key role in peace negotiations; and the identification and value of criteria for evaluating symbolic practices in any society.

Leben in Israel

Alltag im Ausnahmezustand

Author: Michael Borgstede

Publisher: N.A


Category: Israel

Page: 255

View: 5839


The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity

Defending/Defining the Nation

Author: D. Waxman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 140398347X

Category: Political Science

Page: 255

View: 3941

This book offers a theoretically-informed analysis of the way in which Israeli national identity has shaped Israel's foreign policy. By linking domestic identity politics to Israeli foreign policy, it reveals how a crisis of Israeli identity inflamed the debate in Israel over the Oslo peace process.

From Catastrophe to Power

The Holocaust Survivors and the Emergence of Israel

Author: Idith Zertal

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520921719

Category: Religion

Page: 345

View: 4147

In a book certain to generate controversy and debate, Idith Zertal boldly interprets a much revered chapter in contemporary Jewish and Zionist history: the clandestine immigration to Palestine of Jewish refugees, most of them Holocaust survivors, that was organized by Palestinian Zionists just after World War II. Events that captured the attention of the world, such as the Exodus affair in the summer 1947, are seen here in a strikingly new light. At the center of Zertal's book is the Mossad, a small, unorthodox Zionist organization whose mission beginning in 1938 was to bring Jews to Palestine in order to subvert the British quotas on Jewish immigration. From Catastrophe to Power scrutinizes the Mossad's mode of operation, its ideology and politics, its structure and history, and its collective human profile as never before. Zertal's moving story sweeps across four continents and encompasses a range of political cultures and international forces. But underneath this story another darker and more complex plot unfolds: the special encounter between the Zionist revolutionary collective and the mass of Jewish remnant after the Holocaust. According to Zertal, this psychologically painful yet politically powerful encounter was the Zionists' most effective weapon in their struggle for a sovereign Jewish state. Drawing on primary archival documents and new readings of canonical texts of the period, she analyzes this encounter from all angles—political, social, cultural, and psychological. The outcome is a gripping and troubling human story of a crucial period in Jewish and Israeli history, one that also provides a key to understanding the fundamental tensions between Israel and the Jewish communities and Israel and the world today.

Israeli Identity

Between Orient and Occident

Author: David Tal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134107455

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 2546

For many years before and after the establishment of the state of Israel, the belief that Israel is a western state remained unchallenged. This belief was founded on the predominantly western composition of the pre-statehood Jewish community known as the Yishuv. The relatively homogenous membership of Israeli/Jewish society as it then existed was soon altered with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Jewish immigrants from Middle Eastern countries during the early years of statehood. Seeking to retain the western character of the Jewish state, the Israeli government initiated a massive acculturation project aimed at westernizing the newcomers. More recently, scholars and intellectuals began to question the validity and logic of that campaign. With the emergence of new forms of identity, or identities, two central questions emerged: to what extent can we accept the ways in which people define themselves? And on a more fundamental level, what weight should we give to the ways in which people define themselves? This book suggests ways of tackling these questions and provides varying perspectives on identity, put forward by scholars interested in the changing nature of Israeli identity. Their observations and conclusions are not exclusive, but inclusive, suggesting that there cannot be one single Israeli identity, but several. Tackling the issue of identity, this multidisciplinary approach is an important contribution to existing literature and will be invaluable for scholars and students interested in cultural studies, Israel, and the wider Middle East.

The Longman Companion to the Middle East Since 1914

Author: Ritchie Ovendale

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group


Category: History

Page: 413

View: 9447

A guide to the history of the modern Middle East. This text explores the foundation of Israel; the Suez crisis; the significance of oil; the Arab-Israeli wars and the peace process; the rise of the revolutionary Islam; the Palestinian issue; the troubles of Lebanon; the Iran-Iraq War; and the Gulf War and its aftermath. There is also a section on the religions and sects of the region. Containing annotated chronologies of key topics and processes, the text also includes notes on treaties, alliances and United Nations Resolutions.

In Search of Identity

Jewish Aspects in Israeli Culture

Author: Dan Urian,Efraim Karsh

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0714648892

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 944

Culture has played a focal role in the shaping of Jewish-Israeli national identity. Since the 1950s, Israeli culture has been disintegrating into simultaneous sub-cultures. The contributors discuss the nature and characteristics of this cultural tension and the nature of Jewishness.

Acts of Memory

Cultural Recall in the Present

Author: Mieke Bal,Jonathan V. Crewe,Leo Spitzer

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9780874518894

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

View: 7308

A theoretically grounded interdisciplinary study of "cultural memory" in sites ranging from Chile, Bolivia, and South Africa to Germany and the US.

The Israeli Film

Social and Cultural Influences, 1912-1973

Author: Ora Gloria Jacob Arzooni

Publisher: Dissertations-G


Category: Motion picture industry

Page: 387

View: 1725


The Israel Film

Social and Cultural Influences, 1912-1973

Author: Ora Gloria Jacob Arzooni

Publisher: N.A


Category: Motion picture industry

Page: N.A

View: 7409