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    DescriptionAll 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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    Title
    The Invention of the Jewish People
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Shlomo Sand, Translated by Yeal Lotan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844676231
    ISBN 10: 1844676234
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    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, JFSR1
    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
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    DC22: 305.8924, 956.94
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBH
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS019000
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    LC classification: DS143 .S2313 2010
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    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    14 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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."
    Review quote
    "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