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Tangled Roots: The Emergence of Israeli Culture
by Israel Bartal
SBL Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-1-951498-74-0 | Cloth: 978-1-951498-73-3 | Paper: 978-1-951498-72-6
Library of Congress Classification DS112.B3158 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 956.94

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A new interpretation of the roots of Israeli culture


In Tangled Roots: The Emergence of Israeli Culture, Israel Bartal traces the history of modern Hebrew culture prior to the emergence of political Zionism. Bartal examines how traditional and modernist ideals and Western and non-European Jewish cultures merged in an unprecedented encounter between an ancient land (Israel) and a multigenerational people (the Jews). Premodern Jewish traditionalists, Palestinian locals, foreign imperial forces, and Jewish intellectuals, writers, journalists, and party functionaries each affected the Israeli culture that emerged. As this new Hebrew culture was taking shape, the memory of the recent European past played a highly influential role in shaping the image of the New Hebrew, that mythological hero who was meant to supplant the East European exilic Jew.


Features



  • A critical revision of most contemporary politicized histories of Jewish nationalism

  • An examination of the history of modern Hebrew culture prior to political Zionism


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