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For almost fifty years, the Zionist labour movement led the Jewish community in Palestine and later, in the State of Israel. Among the close-knit group of its founding fathers, Berl Katznelson was a unique figure. He was an intellectual, a politician, a man of letters, a statesman and the initiator of many of the social and economic institutions THAT shaped the face of the movement and in its wake, the character of the country as a whole. The biography of Berl is more than the biography of an individual: it is the story of a movement. The book traces Berl from a young Russian socialist and romantic pioneer on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, into the propounder of a work ethic and the founder of the central political current of the Israeli labour movement. The development of this movement is depicted against the background of the major political events of the period: Jewish-Arab relations, the European crisis of the thirties as it affected the Jewish people and the successes and failures of Zionist policy. It is required reading for anyone who wants to understand in depth the complexity of Israeli society today.
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- Date Published: December 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521103732
- length: 424 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
- weight: 0.62kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Map of Palestine
1. The road to Zion 1887–1909
2. Discovery and self-revelation 1909–14
3. Kinneret, Kinneret
4. Facing the days ahead 1918–19
5. Revolutionary times 1919–21
6. Mission to the United States 1921–2
7. The Third Aliyah crisis 1923–5
8. Davar 1925
9. In transition 1925–9
10. First political baptism 1929–31
11. The leader and his party 1931–5
12. The Youth Centre Affair 1933–5
13. The struggle to unite the kibbutz movement 1935–9
14. Hour of peril 19636–9
15. With our backs to the wall 1939–44
16. Strength and weakness
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