The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland

The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland

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By (author) Shlomo Sand, Translated by Geremy Forman

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 24mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781680833
  • ISBN 13: 9781781680834
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 70,584

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What is a homeland? When does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest-running national struggle of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. The invention of the modern concept of the "Land of Israel" in the nineteenth century, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel, it is also what is threatening Israel's existence today.

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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 and On the Nation and the Jewish People.

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"Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book." - Tony Judt, In praise of The Invention of the Jewish People "Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don't change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark." - Eric Hobsbawm, In praise of The Invention of the Jewish People "His achievement consists in debunking a nationalist mythology which holds sway in large sections of popular opinion. It also normalises Jews, since it challenges the belief in exceptionalism...Truth-telling may be painful but necessary." - Donald Sassoon, Guardian "A thought-provoking, readable, and important work." - Publisher's Weekly " - there is much to enjoy and learn in the evidence in the potentially incendiary material [Shlomo Sand] assembles here." - Electronic Intifada "[Sand] critically consider the ways in which the Zionist colonization of Palestine and the establishment of the State of Israel have been justified by claims of ancestral lands, historical rights, and millennia-old national yearnings, all of which he proceeds to critically undermine as either justifiable reasons for mastery over the land of Palestine/Israel or even representative of longstanding mass Jewish aspirations." - Book News "This groundbreaking new historical work from a highly controversial author undoes the myth of the Jewish people's historical right to the 'Land of Israel'." - SirReadaLot.org