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A History of Modern Israel

2nd Edition


  • Author: Colin Shindler, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107671775

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  • Colin Shindler's remarkable history begins in 1948, as waves of immigrants arrived in Israel from war-torn Europe to establish new cities, new institutions, and a new culture founded on the Hebrew language. Optimistic beginnings were soon replaced with the sobering reality of wars with Arab neighbours, internal ideological differences, and ongoing confrontation with the Palestinians. In this updated edition, Shindler covers the significant developments of the last decade, including the rise of the Israeli far right, Hamas's takeover and the political rivalry between Gaza and the West Bank, Israel's uneasy dealings with the new administration in the United States, political Islam and the potential impact of the Arab Spring on the region as a whole. This sympathetic yet candid portrayal asks how a nation that emerged out of the ashes of the Holocaust and was the admiration of the world is now perceived by many Western governments in a less than benevolent light.

    • Allows a unique perspective of the conflict in Israel
    • Outlines a complex situation clearly and concisely
    • This edition brings the history up to the present day
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an immensely readable and accessible book and a good primer for students … a helpful glossary and a fast-paced and interesting narrative make this one of the few good and balanced one-volume histories available.' Seth J. Frantzman, Middle East Media and Book Reviews (

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107671775
    • length: 492 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Zionism and security
    2. The Hebrew republic
    3. New immigrants and first elections
    4. The politics of piety
    5. Retaliation or self-restraint
    6. The rise of the right
    7. The road to Beirut
    8. Dissent at home and abroad
    9. An insurrection before a handshake
    10. The end of ideology?
    11. The killing of a prime minister
    12. The magician and the bulldozer
    13. He does not stop at the red light
    14. An unlikely grandfather
    15. A brotherly conflict
    16. Bialik's bequest?
    17. Stagnation and isolationism
    18. An Arab spring and an Israeli winter?

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Diaspora and Global Culture
    • Israeli Cultural History
    • Israeli Culture & Society
    • Language and Nationalism in the ME
    • Politics and Gepgraphy
  • Author

    Colin Shindler, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Colin Shindler is Emeritus Professor and Pears Senior Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is also founding chairman of the European Association of Israel Studies.

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