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Zionism: The Crucial Phase (Hardback)
  • Zionism: The Crucial Phase (Hardback)

Zionism: The Crucial Phase (Hardback)

Hardback 408 Pages / Published: 01/10/1987
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This sequel to The Origins of Zionism and Zionism: The Formative Years completes the most comprehensive and thorough examination of the rise and consolidation of the Zionist movement yet attempted. Zionism transformed the structure - and to some extent the ethos - of Jewry and much else besides. Its impact on international politics has been remarkable for a national movement emanating from a people whose condition has been largely determined by their endemic weakness. Yet on the eve of the First World War it was a movement in decline, its leadership was faltering, and the promise it had held out to the crushed and impoverished Jews of Europe was drastically diminished. The sources and consequences of this decline and the dramatic and unexpected war-time recovery from it form the chief subjects of this volume. Not the least of its purposes is to dispel the myths and legends that have long enveloped both the circumstances in which Great Britain's temporary patronage of Zionism was decided upon under Lloyd George and Balfour, and the springs and problems of Zionism and the Zionists themselves.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198219323
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 611 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 28 mm

'a detailed study of the crucial years from 1907 to 1919' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'The same qualities which marked the earlier volumes are again in evidence here: judiciousness, lucidity, a mastery of the voluminous literature of the subject, and a sober prose style ... the outstanding virtues of this work, its thoughtfulness, its understanding of political processes, and its lack of sentimentality, make one hope that he might continue the account up to 1948' Times Literary Supplement
'David Vital's concluding - and pivotal- volume of his refreshing and superbly documented three-volume history of Zionism ... Vital shows, with masterly command of his sources, that the Zionists were treated as if they were themselves a great power with influence in every capital of Europe and in the United States.' Jewish Chronicle

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