The Invention of the Jewish People

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$19.95  $18.55
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Verso
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368
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781788736619

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About the Author

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.

Reviews

"Israel's Declaration of Independence states that the Jewish people arose in the Land of Israel and was exiled from its homeland. Every Israeli schoolchild is taught that this happened during the period of the Roman rile, in 70 CE. The nation remained loyal to its land, to which it began to return after two millennia of exile. Wrong, says the historian Shlomo Sand, in one of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time. There was never a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened--hence there was no return."--Tom Segev, Haaretz

"The reader will have understood the message: what this well-documented and fearless book explodes is the myth of a unique Jewish people, miraculously preserved, in contrast to all the other peoples, from external contamination ... [Sand's] conclusions, which are prudently formulated, nonetheless lead one towards a sole solution: the construction of a secular and democratic Israel."--Jacques Julliard, Le Nouvel Observateur

"Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book ... Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read it."--Tony Judt, author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

"The Invention of the Jewish People is an indispensable challenge and a very complex intellectual exercise ... a more secure society [than Israel] would include the book in the core curriculum of its school system."--Avraham Burg, former Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth