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978-0-7391-8406-6 • Hardback • December 2013 • $135.00 • (£104.00)
978-0-7391-8407-3 • eBook • December 2013 • $128.00 • (£98.00)
Eyal Lewin is an assistant professor in the Department Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science at Ariel University.
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Theoretical Foundations of National Ethos
Chapter 3: Attachment to the Country
Chapter 4: Perceptions of War and Peace
Chapter 5: Collective Identities
Chapter 6: Patriotism
Chapter 7: Narrations of the Holocaust
Chapter 8: Conclusion
The topic of Lewin's book is, in a sense, terra incognita. An important value is added by the writer's admission right from page one that he is an Israeli and writes as an insider rather than a neutral third party. Under these circumstances, one would perhaps expect a rather apologetic study, but this is not the case here. Lewin analyzes the good and the bad in the Israeli ethos and does not shy away from confronting generations' old myths. Being part of the turbulent Middle East, a study of the issue at hand is necessary for a better understanding of any position taken by Israel in the regional and international arenas.
— Alexander Bligh, Ariel University