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1949 : First Israelis

1949 : First Israelis - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805058963

Cover of 1949 : First Israelis 98 (ISBN 978-0805058963)
ISBN13: 978-0805058963
ISBN10: 0805058966
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 1998
International: No

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1949 : First Israelis - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805058963

Tom Segev

ISBN13: 978-0805058963
ISBN10: 0805058966
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Owl Books

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the state's leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confront--and divide--Israeli society.

Table of Contents

Part I Between Jews and Arabs

1. The Green Line
2. Face to Face
3. Dividing the Spoils

Part II Between Veterans and Newcomers

4. The First Million
5. Working and Fighting Hands
6. Nameless People

Part III Between the Orthodox and the Secular

7. Each in the Name of His God
8. The Battle for the Sabbath

Part IV Between Vision and Reality

9. The Quest for a National Identity
10. Codfish with Everything

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