Land and Power (Paperback)

The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948 (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)

By Anita Shapira

Stanford University Press, 9780804737760, 464pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 1999

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Description

This book traces the history of attitudes toward power and the use of armed force within the Zionist movement--from an early period in which most leaders espoused an ideal of peaceful settlement in Palestine, to the acceptance of force as a legitimate tool for achieving a sovereign Jewish state. Reviews "A rich and sophisticated work that nicely complements more conventional political-historical studies of the Arab-Israeli conflict. . . . Shapira sifts through a vast body of material, ranging from essays, poems, and memoir literature to the unpublished minutes of political party and youth group meetings. Shapira interprets these sources with sensitivity and insight . . . and writes with power, compassion, and warmth. . . . A landmark book that is an outstanding contribution to the history of Zionist political thought and culture." --American Historical Review "This is a superb book . . . a well-researched, detailed, and scholarly account that provides new and valuable insights into the dilemma posed by the formation and elaboration of a more forceful Israeli military posture." --The Historian "Shapira's powerful, well-written, lucid intellectual history of a segment of the Zionist movement . . . is fascinating and easy to read." --Journal of Economic Literature


About the Author

Anita Shapira is Professor of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University.


Praise For Land and Power: The Zionist Resort to Force, 1881-1948 (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)

A rich and sophisticated work that nicely complements more conventional political-historical studies of the Arab-Israeli conflict. . . . A landmark book that is an outstanding contribution to the history of Zionist political thought and culture.”American Historical Review

This is a superb book . . . well-researched, detailed, and scholarly.”The Historian