[Marxism] Query: formation of the Israeli nation

Ian Pace ian at ianpace.com
Thu Jan 26 10:46:04 MST 2006

> Can anyone recommend any articles or books relating to the formation of 
> the Israeli nation (i.e., as opposed to state). It's to use as an example 
> of the materialist theory of the nation, as constituted by territory, 
> economy, language and culture, as opposed to idealist-culturalist type 
> theories that e.g., see Jews as a whole as some kind of nation.
You'll certainly find relevant stuff in David Hirst - The Gun and the Olive 
Branch (Revised Edition: Faber & Faber: London, 2003), Norman Finkelstein - 
Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Second Edition: Verso, 
London, 2003), Ilan Pappe - A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two 
Peoples (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2003), Edward Said and 
Christopher Hitchens (eds) - Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and 
the Palestinian Question (Verso: London, 2001), Avi Shlaim - The Iron Wall: 
Israel and the Arab World (Penguin: London, 2001) and Tom Segev - 1949: The 
First Israelis (The Free Press: New York, 1986). Also the Shahak books that 
Louis recommends (be warned that Shahak is like a red rag to a bull even to 
moderate Zionists, who will contest some of his factual claims, particularly 
concerning Jewish doctors helping non-Jewish patients on the sabbath); 
Baruch Kimmerling's 'Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the 
Palestinians' (Verso: London, 2003) has some interesting stuff on the 
militarisation of Israeli society from its inception. I believe John Rose - 
The Myths of Zionism (Pluto Press: London, 2004) is also meant to be very 
worth reading, but I don't know it.


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