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Babel in Zion : Jews, nationalism, and language diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948

Author: Liora R Halperin
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The promotion and vernacularization of Hebrew, traditionally a language of Jewish liturgy and study, was a central accomplishment of the Zionist movement in Palestine. Viewing twentieth-century history through the lens of language, author Liora Halperin questions the accepted scholarly narrative of a Zionist move away from multilingualism during the years following World War I, demonstrating how Jews in Palestine
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Liora R Halperin
ISBN: 9780300197488 0300197489
OCLC Number: 877369852
Description: xiv, 313 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Languages of leisure in the home, the coffeehouse, and the cinema --
Peddlers, traders, and the languages of commerce --
Clerks, translators, and the languages of bureaucracy --
Zion in Babel: the Yishuv in its Arabic-speaking context --
Hebrew education between East and West: foreign-language instruction in Zionist schools --
Conclusion: the persistence of Babel.
Responsibility: Liora R. Halperin.

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Questions the accepted scholarly narrative of a Zionist move away from multilingualism, demonstrating how Jews in Palestine remained connected linguistically by both preference and necessity to a  Read more...

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Winner of the 2015 Shapiro Award for Best Book in Israel Studies published in 2014. This award is sponsored by the Association for Israel Studies. -- Shapiro Prize * Association for Israel Studies * Read more...

 
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