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The Invention of the Jewish People

The Invention of the Jewish People

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By (author) Shlomo Sand, Translated by Yeal Lotan

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 32mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 14 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844676234
  • ISBN 13: 9781844676231
  • Sales rank: 12,504

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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 Israels 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 Sands 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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Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include "The Invention of the Jewish People," "On the Nation and the Jewish People," "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 Israel."

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"Formidable" Max Hastings, Sunday Times "Brilliant and always polemical. A controversial bestseller.." David Goldberg, Jewish Chronicle "Books combining passion and erudition don't change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark." Eric Hobsbawn, Observer Book of the Year 2009 "Quiet earthquake of a book.." Rafael Behr, Observer