The Words and the Land: Israeli Intellectuals and the Nationalist Myth

The Words and the Land Israeli Intellectuals and the Nationalist Myth How the work of Israeli writers today reflects the foundation myths of a Jewish state The idea of the Jewish nation was conceived before the organization of the Zionist movement in the nineteenth cent

  • Title: The Words and the Land: Israeli Intellectuals and the Nationalist Myth
  • Author: Shlomo Sand Ames Hodges
  • ISBN: 9781584350965
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • How the work of Israeli writers today reflects the foundation myths of a Jewish state.The idea of the Jewish nation was conceived before the organization of the Zionist movement in the nineteenth century and continued long after the creation of the state of Israel In The Words and the Land, post Zionist Israeli historian Shlomo Sand examines how both Jewish and Israeli inHow the work of Israeli writers today reflects the foundation myths of a Jewish state.The idea of the Jewish nation was conceived before the organization of the Zionist movement in the nineteenth century and continued long after the creation of the state of Israel In The Words and the Land, post Zionist Israeli historian Shlomo Sand examines how both Jewish and Israeli intellectuals contributed to this process One by one, he identifies and calls into question the foundation myths of the Israeli state, beginning with the myth of a people forcibly uprooted, a people race that began to wander the world in search of a land of asylum This was a people that would define itself on a biological and mythological religious basis, embodied in words that today feed Israeli political, literary, and historical writing exile, return, and ascent Alyah to the land of its origins.Since 1948, most intellectuals in Israel have continued to accept this ethno national image and embrace an exclusive state identity to which only Jewish people can belong The first challenges to this dominant idea didn t appear in Israel until the 1980s, in the innovative work of the post Zionist historians, who were bent on dismantling the nationalist historical myth and arguing for a state that would belong equally to all its citizens Analyzing how Israeli intellectuals positioned themselves during the Gulf War and in the new era of communication technologies, Sand extends his analysis globally, looking at the status of intellectuals in all societies.

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    1. Sand is famous for “The Invention of the Jewish People” a book used more as a political talisman—waved to assert that “Jews” lack real identity or history—than as a serious academic study. This collection of disparate chapters and essays was probably brought out, hastily and with many typos, to capitalize on Sand’s new infamy. A potted history of the Israeli intellectuals’ relationship to Zionism and the State’s ruling powers—very sobering—is followed by a meditation on the [...]

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