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    Description'All modern nation states have a story of their origins, passed down through both official and popular culture, and yet few of these accounts have proved as divisive and influential as the Israeli national myth. The well-known tale of Jewish exile at the hands of the Romans during the first century AD, and the assertion of both cultural and racial continuity through to the Jewish people of the present day, resonates far beyond Israel's borders. Despite its use as a justification for Jewish settlement in Palestine and the project of a Greater Israel, there have been few scholarly investigations into the historical accuracy of the story as a whole. In this bold and ambitious new book, Shlomo Sand shows that the Israeli national myth has its origins in the nineteenth century, rather than in biblical times - when Jewish historians, like scholars in many other cultures, reconstituted an imagined people in order to model a future nation. Sand forensically dissects the official story - and demonstrates the construction of a nationalist myth and the collective mystification that this requires. A bestseller in Israel and France, Shlomo Sand's book has sparked a widespread and lively debate. Should the Jewish people regard themselves as genetically distinct and identifiable across the millennia - or should that doctrine now be left behind and if the myth of the Jewish state is dismantled, could this open a path toward a more inclusive Israeli state, content within its borders?'


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    Title
    The Invention of the Jewish People
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Shlomo Sand
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 667 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844674220
    ISBN 10: 1844674223
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1, HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET120
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    BISAC V2.8: REL040030
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 56
    DC22: 305.8924, 305.892/4
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBH
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS019000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: DS143 .S2313 2009
    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    19 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    SHLOMO SAND studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the Aecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His other books include L'Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le debat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siecle a l'ecran and Les Mots et la Terre: Les Intellectuels en IsraA"l.
    Review quote
    "Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. .. Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book." Tony Judt ".. a formidable polemic against claims that Israel has a moral right to define itself as an explicitly and exclusively Jewish society, in which non-Jews, such as Palestino-Israelis, are culturally and politically marginalised." Max Hastings, Sunday Times "Shlomo Sand's The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso) is both a welcome and, in the case of Israel, much needed exercise in the dismantling of nationalist historical myth and a plea for an Israel that belongs equally to all its inhabitants. Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don't change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark." Eric Hobshawm, Observer, Books of the year "A string of firecrackers." Stephen Howe, Independent, Book of the Week "Sand takes on a formidable tradition in claiming that moral validity in the Middle East needs good history, and no discussion of the region any longer seems complete without acknowledgement of his book." Independent on Sunday, Best History Books of 2009 "An important book - one that hammers another nail into Zionism's ideological coffin." Tony Greenstein, Weekly Worker "[Sand's] quiet earthquake of a book is shaking historical faith in the link between Judaism and Israel." Rafael Behr, Observer