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Converging Alternatives
Converging Alternatives (January 2006)
The Bund and the Zionist Labor Movement, 1897-1985
Yosef Gorny - Author

The first comparative study of two major Jewish labor movements.

Converging Alternatives provides the first comparative study of the national ideology of two rival Jewish socialist movements: the Bund party and the Zionist Labor movement in Eretz-Israel (Palestine). Yosef Gorny traces the concept of the Jewish nation from the foundation of the Bund and the first Zionist Congress in 1897 until the remains of the Bu...(Read More)
Building Trust
Building Trust (December 2005)
Overcoming Suspicion in International Conflict
Aaron M. Hoffman - Author

Challenges conventional assumptions about how international rivals form trusting relationships.

How is trust built in international politics? In this book, Aaron M. Hoffman argues that conventional arguments fail to account for two factors governments fear and wish to protect themselves from: domination by outside parties and political competition from internal parties. He argues that trusting relationships emerge in ...(Read More)
California Dreaming
California Dreaming (August 2005)
Ideology, Society, and Technology in the Citrus Industry of Palestine, 1890-1939
Nahum Karlinsky - Author

Multidisciplinary study of the citrus industry in Palestine before World War II.

The citrus industry of Palestine has often been associated with the myths and ideals of the Labor Movement and its Zionist-Socialist ideology. The Jaffa orange, like the young pioneer and the collective kibbutz, was emblematic of a colonizing meta-narrative that marginalized or even denounced the private entrepreneurs—both...(Read More)
The Watchman Fell Asleep
The Watchman Fell Asleep (August 2005)
The Surprise of Yom Kippur and Its Sources
Uri Bar-Joseph - Author

Examines how Israel was caught by surprise in the opening stages of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Based on many formerly undisclosed intelligence and military documents, the secret protocols of discussions on the eve of the war, and interviews with relevant figures, The Watchman Fell Asleep is a compelling account of Israel’s intelligence failure before the 1973 Arab attack known as the Yom Kippur War. The H...(Read More)
Israeli Backpackers
Israeli Backpackers (July 2005)
From Tourism to Rite of Passage
Chaim Noy - Editor
Erik Cohen - Editor

Examines the backpacking trip usually taken by Israeli youth following military service.

In the period after their military service, Jewish Israeli youth customarily embark on a unique touristic practice: the backpacking trip. Combining sociological, anthropological, and psychological research—based on innovative fieldwork conducted with Israeli backpackers in Israel and abroad—this book depicts the c...(Read More)
Sappho in the Holy Land
Sappho in the Holy Land (December 2004)
Lesbian Existence and Dilemmas in Contemporary Israel
Chava Frankfort-Nachmias - Editor
Erella Shadmi - Editor

Essays on the experience of lesbians in contemporary Israeli society.

This unique collection examines the experience of lesbians in Israel, providing insight into some of the institutions that have helped shape that experience. The book analyzes and interprets how culturally specific political, ideological, and social systems construct lesbian identities, experiences, and dilemmas, and it also explores how a specific ...(Read More)
Shattered Vessels
Shattered Vessels (February 2004)
Memory, Identity, and Creation in the Work of David Shahar
Michal Peled Ginsburg - Author
Moshe Ron - Author

The first book-length study of the Israeli novelist David Shahar.

David Shahar (1926–1997), author of the seven-novel sequence The Palace of Shattered Vessels, occupies an ambiguous position in the Israeli literary canon. Often compared to Proust, Shahar produced a body of work that offers a fascinating poetic and ideological alternative to the dominant models of Amos Oz and A. B. Yehoshua. This book, the ...(Read More)
Israel on the Couch
Israel on the Couch (January 2003)
The Psychology of the Peace Process
Ofer Grosbard - Author
Vamik D. Volkan - Foreword by

Applies clinical pyschology to explain the dynamics of the Middle East peace process.

By applying a clinical psychologist's insight into the Israeli-Arab conflict, Ofer Grosbard lays the foundation for a new theory and practice that espouses the use of clinical tools to promote relations between countries, religions, political parties, cultures, and different identities.

“His book is a welc...(Read More)
Ideology, Party Change, and Electoral Campaigns in Israel, 1965-2001
Ideology, Party Change, and Electoral Campaigns in Israel, 1965-2001 (January 2003)
Jonathan Mendilow - Author

Explores the turbulent changes in Israel party politics since the mid-1960s.

The tumultuous and rapid political change experienced by Israel since 1965 has been reflected in the history of its party system. In this book, Jonathan Mendilow examines the party and party system transformations through the lens of the electoral campaigns that defined and reflected them. He shows that the relative stability of the dominant p...(Read More)
Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies
Traditions and Transitions in Israel Studies (December 2002)
Books on Israel, Volume VI
Laura Zittrain Eisenberg - Editor
Neil Caplan - Editor
Naomi B. Sokoloff - Editor
Mohammed Abu-Nimer - Editor

Introduces the cutting edge issues and current scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of Israel Studies.
This sixth volume in the Books on Israel series is an interdisciplinary compilation that encompasses contributions from both the social sciences and the humanities, and reflects the exciting integration of approaches that are on the cutting edge of Israel Studies. The contributors go beyond the review of recent books on Isra...(Read More)
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