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The Hebrew Republic

Israel's Return to History

Colin Shindler

The saga of Israel is fascinating, unique, and controversial. Yet the whole is constructed from individual episodes. This book concentrates on relating such episodes rather than narrating a formal, conventional history up until the present day. Each section deals with a different aspect of this journey through the decades. The chapters are based on the author’s own articles, published over the last fifty years in many outlets, from The New York Times and The Jerusalem Post to The Guardian. Each section and essay is linked to the next by an explanatory introduction. Most subjects are often unconventional and unusual. They do not cover old ground and are often intentionally revelatory as they relate the history of Israel in a vivid, engaging way. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 392Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-6596-7 • Hardback • May 2017 • $40.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-6597-4 • eBook • May 2017 • $39.99 • (£24.95) (coming soon)
Colin Shindler was the first professor of Israel Studies in the UK and is emeritus professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of The Rise of the Israeli Right, winner of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Book Prize for 2016.
  • The Making of Modern Israel
  • The Nation-Builders
  • The Zionists and Pre-War Nationalism
  • The Road to Independence
  • Israel in the Eyes of the History Makers
  • The Slow Disintegration of Labour Zionism
  • The Ascendency of the Right
  • Israel and Pariah Regimes
  • Evangelical Zionists
  • The Struggle for Soviet Jewry
  • Human Rights and the USSR
  • The Life and Death of Yitzhak Rabin
  • Rabin’s Election and Government
  • The Mystery of Ariel Sharon
  • Who was Ariel Sharon?
  • The Islamist Rejectionists
  • In the Company of Critics
  • Different Diaspora Voices
  • Non-Jewish Jews and Israel
  • Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions
  • Twenty First Century Politics
  • The Rise of the Far Right
    In Government with Lieberman and Bennett
    Supporting the Right
    Recognising Israel as a Jewish State
    The Hebrew Republic can and should be read by two different publics. Lay leaders will find a magisterial, insightful, panoramic look at Israel's history and politics embedded in the broader context of modern Jewish history and the dominant global trends of the time. Specialists will find a series of original and innovative essays on some of the most significant aspects of Israeli history and life. A must read; a rewarding read.
    Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, President of The Israel Institute, Washington and Tel Aviv

    Colin Shindler is a celebrated historian of the rise of Zionism and Israel; an author of important books on the Israeli Right; and a fearless moral, intellectual voice against oppression and hypocrisy. This collection of his reviews and essays is a veritable treasure trove of information and critical observations ranging over the movements, personalities and challenges of Jewish and Israeli history of the past 100 years. It is a delight to read.
    Jeremy Rosen, Chairman of the Faculty of Comparative Religion, Wilrijk; Rabbi of the Persian Center, Manhattan.

    With an impressive command of his terrain and in lucid prose devoid of academic jargon, Colin Shindler guides the reader along the road from early Zionist idealism to contemporary Machiavellian politics. En route, he illuminates not only the highway of history, but also numerous little-known by-ways. Journeying with him, the reader encounters a wide variety of individuals, pivotal moments, political movements and counter-movements which coalesce into a panorama of political theory and practice over the past two centuries.
    Alice Shalvi, professor emerita of English Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    The subtitle “Israel’s Return to History” represents a coherent collection of in-depth articles - at times chronological and at times focusing on crucial issues. Studying Modern Israel from inside and outside, Shindler explains its unfolding centrality for the dispersed Jewish people. This book is not only researching but also interprets the contending analyses of contradictions between the success of a dynamic state and its growing political isolation.
    Edward Kaufman, University of Maryland and Haifa University

    Colin Shindler has produced a rich compendium of insights into Israel’s genesis, its early struggles and controversies, and its current challenges. He draws not just on his huge store of knowledge, but on an ability to convey the complexities of Israel and the Middle East, and of the wider political debate they generate, with depth and subtlety.
    Edward Temko, former editor of the Jewish Chronicle