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Aug 17, 2008
| ISBN 9781844672356
Jan 05, 2021
| ISBN 9781789604085
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Aug 17, 2008 | ISBN 9781844672356
Jan 05, 2021 | ISBN 9781789604085
This rich, authoritative history chronicles the Zionist Israeli quest from itsorigins in pre-Great War Europe. Plowshares Into Swords traces the development of political Zionism’s primal resolve to implant a state for Jews in a Middle East of ever greater strategic importance. In it, Mayer provides newperspectives on key turning points as well as on such enduring issues as the young country’s dire need for imperial protection, the oil imperative, the hidden ascendance of Jabotinsky’s martial and expansionist canon, and reliance on the American Jewish and Christian evangelical lobbies. He examines, too, the post-colonial backlash against Western supremacy, the asymmetry of power between Israelis and Palestinians, the Zionist Israeli leaders studied prevarication on borders, and the emergence of political Judaism and political Islam.Incorporating reflections on founding violence, sovereignty, resistance, terror, and religious politics, Plowshares into Swords is an absorbing, challenging narrative of Zionism and Israel in the context of world history.
A critical history of Israel and the Arab–Israeli conflictEminent historian Arno J. Mayer traces the thinkers, leaders, and shifting geopolitical contexts that shaped the founding and development of the Israeli state. He recovers for posterity internal critics such as the philosopher Martin Buber, who argued for peaceful coexistence with the Palestinian Arabs. “A sense of limits is the better part of valour,” Mayer insists. Plowshares into Swords explores Israel’s indefinite deferral of the “Arab Question,” the strategic thinking behind the building of settlements and border walls, and the endurance of Palestinian resistance.
“In Plowshares into Swords, Arno Mayer gives a sweeping and often illuminating overview of the story of Zionism.”—Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New Statesman
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