This book offers a reappraisal of David Ben-Gurion's role in Jewish-Israeli history from the perspective of the twenty-first century, in the larger context of the Zionist 'renaissance', of which he was a major and unique exponent. Some have described Ben-Gurion's Zionism as a dream that has gone sour, or a utopia doomed to be unfulfilled. Now - after the dust surrounding Israel's founding father has settled, archives have been opened, and perspective has been gained since Ben-Gurion's downfall - this book presents a fresh look at this statesman-intellectual and his success and tragic failures during a unique period of time that he and his peers described as the 'Jewish renaissance'. The resulting reappraisal offers a new analysis of Ben-Gurion's actual role as a major player in Israeli, Middle Eastern, and global politics.Read more
- Sets Ben-Gurion and his peers within the historical-cultural context of their time and age - the 'Jewish Renaissance'
- Fascinating discussion of intellectual history missing in the previous publications on Israel's history and birth, including in-depth discussion of the Holocaust and its impact on Ben-Gurion and Israeli society
- The story of the birth of the Israeli Army based on heretofore unpublished sources, the road to the 1956 Suez-Sinai Campaign, and the acquisition by Israel of its nuclear infrastructure
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'Aronson creates an illuminating portrait that challenges the recent litany of attacks that have become standard fare in the relentlessly negative discussions of Israel. His sympathetic rehabilitation of Ben-Gurion is also a timely and intricate refutation of its critics.' Jerusalem Post
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- Date Published: July 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107425200
- length: 478 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 156 x 27 mm
- weight: 0.73kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The intellectual origins of Ben-Gurion's Zionism
2. The Holocaust and its lessons
3. Ben-Gurion between left and right
4. Ben-Gurion and the Israel Defense Forces - from its formation to the Suez-Sinai campaign of 1956
5. From the 1956 war to the 'Lavon Affair'
6. From 'the Affair' to the Six-Day War
Conclusion: the waning of an age and its leader.
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