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Western Jewry and the Zionist Project, 1914-1933 - Michael Berkowitz

Western Jewry and the Zionist Project, 1914-1933

Hardcover Published: 13th November 1996
ISBN: 9780521470872
Number Of Pages: 322

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This is the first study of the Zionist movement in Germany, Britain, and the United States to recognize 'Western Zionism' as a distinctive force. From the First World War until the rise of Hitler, the Zionist movement encouraged Jews to celebrate aspects of a reborn Jewish nationality and sovereignty in Palestine, while at the same time acknowledging that their members would mostly 'stay put' and strive toward acculturation in their current homelands. The growth of a Zionist consciousness among Western Jews is juxtaposed with the problematic nurturing of the movement's institutions, as Zionism was consumed increasingly by fundraising. In the 1930s, Zionist images assumed a progressively greater share of secular Jewish identity, and Zionism became normalized in the social landscape of Western Jewry, but the organization faltered in translating its popularity into a means of 'saving the Jews' and 'building up' the national home in Palestine.

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'A richly documented, lucidly argued, and singularly original analysis of Zionism's near-fatal ambivalence among 'emancipated' Jewry in the last twilight decades before Adolf Hitler. Professor Berkowitz has produced a work of enduring scholarship.' Howard M. Sachar, Washington University

Manly men and the attempted appropriation of the war experience
A new pantheon: the portrayal of Zionist leaders in the West
Dollars and the changing sense of Zionism
Fundraising and catastrophe
'From swamp to settlement': rural and urban utopian visions
Nationalized tourism in Palestine
Idealism, realism, and sociability in Western Zionist youth organizations
Cold embrace: the reception of Hasassah and organized European women Zionists
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ISBN: 9780521470872
ISBN-10: 0521470870
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 13th November 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59