The Founding Myths of Israel: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish State

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The well-known historian and political scientist Zeev Sternhell here advances a radically new interpretation of the founding of modem Israel. The founders claimed that they intended to create both a landed state for the Jewish people and a socialist society. However, according to Sternhell, socialism served the leaders of the influential labor movement more as a rhetorical resource for the legitimation of the national project of establishing a Jewish state than as a blueprint for a just society.

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