A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
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A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel

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s/t: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
Discusses the European background, the prehistory of the movement, five decades of Zionist activities, and ends with the establishement of the state of Israel.
Paperback, 688 pages
Published May 20th 2003 by Schocken (first published 1972)
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Haythem Bastawy
This is a great book, it stands tall amongst the histories which impressed me most. For the first time, I managed to look at Zionism and the Zionist state through semi-neutral eyes. Full of details, written almost on an encyclopedic scale, it is bound to have some repititions as the author tell the story and retells concentrating on each aspect of it. I will keep this book in my library as a landmark in my journey of mental cultivation. I am still an ardent opponant to the Zionist state, not jus...more
Mark Hoffman
Dry as a bone, but I dare you to find a more thorough overview of Zionism.
Sidney Davis
I think I understand Zionism very well now.
Harold Citron
A long and detailed walk through the development of political Zionism in its myriad forms, following the emergence of Herzl through the founding of the modern Jewish state of Israel. The book provides the reader with not just the marriage between the religious vision of Judaism with the emergent political landscape of emancipation that led to the idea of Jews becoming enablers of their own fate, but the deep wells of anti-Semitism that both created the need for a haven from the growing violence,...more
A must read for anyone interested in Middle Eastern politics. It's slightly biased, some white-washing, but a discerning reader shouldn't have any trouble recognizing those spots.
It was a thorough analysis of the history of Zionism almost too thorough.
Waqar Hassan
The German names, places and terms used in this book are certainty impossible for me, as it takes away any interest that rarely grow. If you like reading dictionaries or encyclopedias than this is the book for you and as for me I compare my experience reading this book to hard boring manual labour except your doing it with your mind. The book is highly opinionated and not at all neutral/factual as it should be.
never finished it. a thorough history of zionism but rather dry to read.
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