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The invention of the Jewish people

Author: Shlomo Sand; Yael Lotan
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView 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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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shlomo Sand; Yael Lotan
ISBN: 9781844676231 1844676234
OCLC Number: 464580206
Language Note: Translated from the Hebrew.
Notes: Originally published: 2009.
Translated from the Hebrew.
Description: xi, 344 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Burdens of Memory --
1. Making Nations: Sovereignty and Equality --
2. Mythistory: In the Beginning, God Created the People --
3. The Invention of the Exile: Proselytism and Conversion --
4. Realms of Silence: In Search of Lost (Jewish) Time --
5. 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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Shows that the Israeli national myth has its origins in the 19th century, rather than in biblical times when Jewish historians, like scholars in many other cultures, reconstituted an imagined people  Read more...

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