Pangs of the Messiah: The Troubled Birth of the Jewish State

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - 261 páginas
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Sicker provides a synthesis from a wide range of sources that have not previously been integrated to present an unromanticized recapitulation of the events and personalities that led to the troubled birth of modern Israel. Much historical writing on modern Israel, Sicker asserts, is apologetic and editorially filtered in conformity with a traditional Zionist historiography that tends to obscure as much as it reveals. As a result, the emergence of modern Israel is shrouded in a mythology that has little or no place for inconvenient facts or dissonant voices. Sicker examines the nature of the struggles within the Zionist community over the national idea and its implications, and the evolving interactions of that community with the external political environment. This leads him to assign a far more significant role to the so- called right-wing movements than is usually allotted to them in the traditional left-oriented historiography and a more critical assessment of the Zionist leadership.

He shows that virtually every major problem faced by contemporary Israel, a half-century after it came into existence, was foreshadowed by the events and circumstances that precipitated and conditioned its emergence. Sicker examines the seemingly irreconcilable differences between the left and right extremes of the political spectrum; between the religious community and the secular; and between the Zionists and the anti-Zionists. Today, a half-century later, these same issues are causing an increasing polarization of Israeli society, with uncertain ramifications for the future.

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British Military Government 19181920
1
The Jewish High Commissioner
27
Internal Developments During the Samuel Regime
53
The Passfield White Paper
73
Prelude to Open Conflict
93
The Arab Revolt 19361939
117
Palestine During World War II
151
The United Resistance
179
The United Nations Special Committee
203
The Troubled Birth of the Jewish State
223
Selected Bibliography
243
Index
253
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MARTIN SICKER is a private consultant who has served as a senior executive in the U.S. government and has taught political science at the American University and George Washington University. Dr. Sicker has written extensively in the fields of political science and international affairs, he is the author of ten previous books, including the companion volume, Reshaping Palestine: From Muhammad Ali to the British Mandate, 1831-1922 (Praeger, 1999).

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