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Zionism and the Foundations of Israeli Diplomacy

Detailed historical reconstruction of the origins of Jewish political thought. By tracing the development of Socialist Zionism and Revisionism in the years prior to Israel's independence, the book demonstrates how the political, social and economic foundations of the future state of Israel were negotiated in this period and how these ideologies have endured and are reflected in Israeli diplomacy. In this respect, the comprehensive analysis is key to an understanding of the basis of Israeli international relations and the fragmentary nature of its politics. The book promises to become a standard reference for students of Zionist and Israeli politics, as well as those interested in the Middle East generally.
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Preface; Glossary; Part I. Setting the Scene: 1. Ideas and the course of history; 2. Israeli society and politics before Independence; 3. A remarkable and terrible decade; Part II. Appearances and Reality: 4. The political world of the founding fathers; 5. The vicissitudes of hegemony; 6. The revolutionary maximalists; 7. The reluctant vanguard; 8. The lost avant-garde; 9. The Communists - in captivity; Part III. The Fallacies of Realpolitik: 10. Jabotinsky and the Revisionist tradition; 11. The revolt; 12. The mysticism of realism; Part IV. Sectarian Interests and a Facade of Generality: 13. The General Zionists; 14. The farmers and the Sephardi notables; Part V. God's Dispositions: 15. Religious natlionalism; 16. Religious orthodoxy and the cult of separateness; Part VI. The Boundaries of the Intelligentsia: 17. Canaanites and Semites; 18. Magnes, Buber and Ihud (Unity); 19. The divided heritage: Israel's diplomatic tradition; Notes; Index.


'... Sofer has done an excellent job. In elegant, graceful prose, he paints a penetrating portrait of pre-state politics, from the right to the Communists on the far-left, illustrating the process by which David Ben-Gurion and his particular faction of the Labour movement achieved hegemony.' Itamar Rabinovich, Haa-retz and Herald Tribune '... dispassionate, sober account ... meticulously researched and succinctly written.' Political Studies

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