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David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Renaissance - Shlomo Aronson

David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Renaissance

By: Shlomo Aronson, Naftali Greenwood (Transcribed by)

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This book offers a reappraisal of David Ben-Gurion's role in Jewish-Israeli history from the perspective of the twenty-first century, in the larger context of the Zionist 'renaissance', of which he was a major and unique exponent. Some have described Ben-Gurion's Zionism as a dream that has gone sour, or a utopia doomed to be unfulfilled.

Now - after the dust surrounding Israel's founding father has settled, archives have been opened, and perspective has been gained since Ben-Gurion's downfall - this book presents a fresh look at this statesman-intellectual and his success and tragic failures during a unique period of time that he and his peers described as the 'Jewish renaissance'.

The resulting reappraisal offers a new analysis of Ben-Gurion's actual role as a major player in Israeli, Middle Eastern, and global politics.

About the Author

Shlomo Aronson is Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College, as well as Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His scholarship has focused on Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, Israeli domestic and foreign policy, nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, 'Post-Zionism', and current anti-Zionism. He is the author of a number of books, including Conflict and Bargaining in the Middle East, The Politics and Strategy of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East, and Hitler, the Allies, and the Jews.

'Aronson creates an illuminating portrait that challenges the recent litany of attacks that have become standard fare in the relentlessly negative discussions of Israel. His sympathetic rehabilitation of Ben-Gurion is also a timely and intricate refutation of its critics.' Jerusalem Post

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Intellectual Origins of Ben-Gurion's Zionismp. 18
The European Renaissance and Its Interpretationsp. 18
Humanismp. 19
The Future of Individual, Society, and Statep. 22
A Zionist Utopia or a Unique Historical Approach?p. 29
The Humanistsp. 40
The Influence of Berdyczewski and Heinrich Heine - Reality and Allegoryp. 48
The Crisis of Traditional Jewish Societyp. 66
On "Politics," Politicization, and Statecraftp. 78
Western Culture versus "Uniqueness and Destiny"p. 87
The Holocaust and Its Lessonsp. 94
The Trap Is Setp. 94
The Glass Housep. 100
A Smaller Than Average Brainp. 104
"Not Truly a Nation" and the Question of Chosennessp. 107
"Chauvinists, Capitalists, Conservatives"p. 110
A Non-Nation Nation in a Trapp. 112
Rescue Efforts and Relations with the Westp. 134
Ben-Gurion between Right and Leftp. 151
Ben-Gurion and the Zionist Rightp. 151
The Road to Biltmorep. 168
From Biltmore to the "Grand Season"p. 172
Further Remarks about the "Calculating Machine"p. 178
The War of Independence and the Protracted State of Emergencyp. 182
Ben-Gurion and the Israel Defense Forces - From Formation to the Suez-Sinai Campaign of 1956p. 191
The British Army as a Modelp. 191
The Creation of the IDF and the Decision to Disband the Separate Staff of the Palmachp. 202
The Givens, Aspirations, and Strategic Realities of Israeli Societyp. 211
The New IDF and a New Strategic Doctrine Based on the Holocaust and Lessons of the War of Independencep. 214
Further Development of Ben-Gurion's Strategic Thinkingp. 223
The Constitutional Debate and Ben-Gurion's Criticism of Israel's Political Systemp. 228
The Birth of the Nuclear Optionp. 242
The Road to the 1956 Warp. 248
The 1956 War: Reality and Perceptionsp. 253
From the 1956 War to the "Lavon Affair"p. 261
The Controversy over Ben-Gurion's Interest in the Jewish Messianic Visionp. 261
The Nuclear Project and the Affairp. 272
Germany and the Affairp. 275
From the "Lavon Affair" to the Six Day Warp. 283
The 1960 Affair and the 1961 General Electionsp. 283
The 1961 Elections and the German Complexp. 296
Ben-Gurion's Resignation in 1963 and Prime Minister Levi Eshkolp. 302
Eshkol's Administration and Ben-Gurion's Criticism from Today's Perspectivep. 313
1966 - From the "Big Blunder" to Operation Samup. 332
Ben-Gurion and the Six Day Warp. 334
Epilogue: The Renaissance That Waned and Its Leaderp. 349
Archivesp. 355
Interviewsp. 357
Abbreviationsp. 359
Notesp. 361
Published Sourcesp. 425
Name Indexp. 439
Ben-Gurion Subject Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9780521197489
ISBN-10: 0521197481
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 476
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.816