By Walter Laqueur
Walter Laqueur strains Zionism from its beginnings - with the emancipation of eu Jewry from the ghettos within the wake of the French Revolution - to 1948, while the Zionist dream grew to become a fact. He describes the contributions of such impressive figures as Benjamin Disraeli, Moses Hess, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, and Sir Herbert Samuel, and he analyzes the seminal achievements of Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weitzmann, and David Ben Gurion.
Laqueur outlines the diversities among a number of the Zionist philosophies of the early 20th century - socialist, Communist, revisionist, and cultural utopian - and he discusses either the non secular and secular Jewish critics of the stream. He concludes with a dramatic account of the cataclysmic occasions of global conflict II, the clandestine immigration of Holocaust survivors, the tragic neglected possibilities for co-existence with either the Arab citizens of Palestine and people within the surrounding international locations, and the fight to forge a brand new country on an historic land. Laqueur's new preface analyzes the present-day problems, and locations them right into a ancient context.
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Additional resources for A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
The present book starts with a discussion of the European background of Zionism, covers the prehistory of the movement and five decades of Zionist activities, and ends with the establishment of the state in May 1948, the turning-point in the history of the movement. It is debatable whether there is a history of Zionism beyond 1948, and not only because many of its functions have been taken over by the state of Israel. Before the word ‘Zionism’ became generally accepted, the term Palestinofilstvo (Hibat Zion) was widely used in Russia.
An attempt to unify the spelling has been made, but it has been impossible to achieve full consistency; the same applies to the transliteration of Hebrew names. PREFACE to the 2003 Edition Theodor Herzl has entered political history as the author of two small books: a political pamphlet titled Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) and a work of political science fiction he called Altneuland (Old New Land). Altneuland, published in 1902, describes the visit to Palestine, after an absence of many years, of two Europeans sympathetic to the Zionist cause.
The Struggle for the Jewish State Conclusion: Thirteen Theses on Zionism Bibliography MAPS 1 The emancipation of European Jewry, 1789-1918 2 Jewish settlements in Palestine, 1855-1914 3 Frontier proposals for Palestine, 1892-1919 4 Routes taken by refugees to Palestine, 1914-1945 5 Jewish-owned land in Palestine by 1942 6 The United Nations Partition Plan, 29 November 1947 Illustrations between pages 312 and 313 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We would like to thank the following for permitting us to use photographs from their archives; Bassano and Vandyk Studies and William Gordon Davis, figure 15; Imperial War Museum, figure 16; The Jewish Agency, Jerusalem, figures 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27; The Jewish Agency, London, figures 3, 13, 18, 21; Radio Times Hulton Picture Library, figures 14, 19.
A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel by Walter Laqueur