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The invention of the Jewish people

Author: Shlomo Sand; Yael Lotan
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : English edView all editions and formats
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All modern nation states have a story of their origins, passed down through both official and popular culture, and yet few of these accounts have proved as divisive and influential as the Israeli national myth. The well-known tale of Jewish exile at the hands of the Romans during the first century CE, and the assertion of both cultural and racial continuity through to the Jewish people of the present day, resonates  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shlomo Sand; Yael Lotan
ISBN: 9781844674220 1844674223
OCLC Number: 317919518
Language Note: Translated from the Hebrew.
Description: xi, 332 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: burdens of memory --
Making nations: sovereignty and equality --
Mythistory: in the beginning, God created the people --
The invention of the exile: proselytism and conversion --
Realms of silence: in search of lost (Jewish) time --
The distinction: identity politics in Israel.
Other Titles: Matai ṿe-ekh humtsa ha-ʻam ha-Yehudi?
Responsibility: Shlomo Sand ; translated by Yael Lotan.

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The well-known tale of Jewish exile at the hands of the Romans during the first century AD resonates far beyond Israel's borders. This work shows that the Israeli national myth has its origins in the  Read more...

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"Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. .. Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book." Tony Judt ".. a formidable polemic against claims that Israel Read more...

 
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