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The Masada myth : collective memory and mythmaking in Israel

Author: Nachman Ben-Yehuda
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 73 A.D., legend has it, 960 Jewish rebels under siege in the ancient desert fortress of Masada committed suicide rather than surrender to a Roman legion. Recorded in only one historical source, the story of Masada was obscure for centuries. In The Masada Myth, Israeli sociologist Nachman Ben-Yehuda tracks the process by which Masada became an ideological symbol for the State of Israel, the dramatic subject of  Read more...
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Ben-Yehuda, Nachman.
Masada myth.
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)604838182
Named Person: Flavius Josèphe (0038?-0100?).
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nachman Ben-Yehuda
ISBN: 0299148300 9780299148300 0299148343 9780299148348
OCLC Number: 32275459
Description: xxi, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Masada --
A Chronology --
I. The Puzzle and the Background. 1. Introduction: The Research Puzzle. 2. The Historical Events of Masada. 3. Excavations of Masada --
II. The Masada Mythical Narrative. 4. Shmaria Guttman. 5. Masada and Youth Movements. 6. Masada and the Pre-State Jewish Underground Groups. 7. Masada and the Israeli Army (IDF). 8. Masada in Textbooks. 9. Masada, the Media, and Tourism. 10. Masada in Children's Literature and in Art. 11. The Masada Mythical Narrative --
III. Analysis, Discussion, and Summary. 12. Methodological Framing. 13. Theoretical Interpretation. 14. Summary and a Personal Note --
Appendix: Main Jewish Underground Groups in Palestine, 1920-1948.
Responsibility: Nachman Ben-Yehuda.
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Masada, an ancient desert fortress, is examined in this study as it became an ideological symbol for the State of Israel. The text looks at the way the mythical narrative of Masada was created,  Read more...

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