[Marxism] THE IDEA OF ISRAEL: A HISTORY OF POWER AND KNOWLEDGE by Ilan Pappe
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THE IDEA OF ISRAEL: A HISTORY OF POWER AND KNOWLEDGE
by Ilan Pappe<http://www.versobooks.com/authors/1636-ilan-pappe>
A major new history of Zionism and Israel, by the renowned author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Since its foundation in 1948, Israel has drawn on Zionism, the movement behind its creation, to provide a sense of self and political direction. In this groundbreaking new work, Ilan Pappe looks at the continued role of Zionist ideology. The Idea of Israel considers the way Zionism operates outside of the government and military in areas such as the country's education system, media, and cinema, and the uses that are made of the Holocaust in supporting the state's ideological structure. In particular, Pappe examines the way successive generations of historians have framed the 1948 conflict as a liberation campaign, creating a foundation myth that went unquestioned in Israeli society until the 1990s. Pappe himself was part of the post-Zionist movement that arose then. He was attacked and received death threats as he exposed the truth about how Palestinians have been treated and the gruesome structure that links the production of knowledge to the exercise of power. The Idea of Israel is a powerful and urgent intervention in the war of ideas concerning the past, and the future, of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
"An essential read for anyone trying to understand the politics and history of the Middle East." - FRONTLINE
"Along with the late Edward Said, Ilan Pappe is the most eloquent writer of Palestinian history." - NEW STATESMEN
EVENTS IN CELEBRATION OF THE RELEASE OF THE IDEA OF ISRAEL
Ilan Pappe speaks on THE IDEA OF ISRAEL / February 26, 2014 / The Mosaic Rooms, London
Ilan Pappe at SOAS / March 05, 2014 / Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS
Ilan Papp? is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter, director of the university's European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies. He is also the author of He is the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006), The Modern Middle East (2005), A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2003), and Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988).
Hardback / 288 pages / ISBN: 9781844678563 / February 2014 / $26.95 / ?16.99 / $31.00CAN
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