[Marxism] NEW FROM VERSO: THE INVENTION OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL: FROM HOLY LAND TO HOMELAND BY SHLOMO SAND

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NEW TITLE:

THE INVENTION OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL: FROM HOLY LAND TO HOMELAND

By Shlomo Sand

Published: February 2013

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Groundbreaking new work from the controversial author of INVENTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

What is a homeland and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for such places throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land? Following the acclaimed and controversial THE INVENTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest-running national struggle of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

THE INVENTION OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of “historical right” and tracks the creation of the modern concept of the “Land of Israel” by nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

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Praise for THE INVENTION OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL:

“Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.” - Tony Judt

“Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don't change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.” - Eric Hobsbawm

“A thought-provoking, readable, and important work.” - PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

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Upcoming events (UK):

BOOK LAUNCH WITH SHLOMO SAND AND INDEPENDENT JEWISH VOICES

February 19, 2013 / The Frontline Club / 7.00pm – 8.30pm / 13 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ

For more details and to reserve a place please see:
http://www.versobooks.com/events/604-the-invention-of-the-land-of-israel-book-launch-with-shlomo-sand-and-independent-jewish-voices

SHLOMO SAND: THE INVENTION OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL AT THE BRISTOL FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

February 18, 2013 / Watershed / 7.45pm – 8.45pm / 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

For more details and to reserve a place please see:
http://www.versobooks.com/events/585-shlomo-sand-the-invention-of-the-land-of-israel

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Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include THE INVENTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, ON THE NATION AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE, L’ILLUSION DU POLITIQUE: GEORGES SOREL ET LE DÉBAT INTELLECTUEL 1900, GEORGES SOREL EN SON TEMPS, LE XXE SIÈCLE À L'ÉCRAN and LES MOTS ET LA TERRE: LES INTELLECTUELS EN ISRAËL.

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ISBN: 9781844679461 / $26.95 / £16.99 / $28.50CAN / HARDBACK / 304 pages

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http://www.versobooks.com/books/1147-the-invention-of-the-land-of-israel

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