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This book provides new interpretations and research findings, from a wide spectrum of viewpoints, on Israel's formative first decade of independence. Israel presents a panoramic display of fresh interpretations and new research findings related to Israel’s first decade of independence. Those years of rapid change are widely regarded as a formative period in the development of the state and the society. As new archival materials have become available for scrutiny, a new generation of historians and social scientists has begun to re-examine old issues and to raise new questions. In this context of academic ferment, scholars in diverse disciplines, of different generations and of opposing ideological orientations, have collaborated in this book in examining the period anew. Thirty-two authoritative essays offer new understandings from the diverse perspectives of history, political science, sociology, literary criticism, geography, anthropology, and law. The intention is to provide a wide-ranging reconsideration of post-independence Israel that will serve as a benchmark for future study and research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. LIST OF TABLES
  2. p. xi
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  1. LIST OF FIGURES
  2. p. xiii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. p. xv
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  1. An Introduction to Research on Israel's First Decade
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part I: POLITICS IN THE NEW STATE
  2. p. 29
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  1. 1. Israel's First Decade: Building a Civic State
  2. pp. 31-50
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  1. 2. The Structural Foundation for Religio-Political Accommodation in Israel: Fallacy and Reality
  2. pp. 51-81
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  1. 3. The Road Not Taken: Constitutional Non-Decision Making in 1948-1950 and Its Impact on Civil Liberties in the Israeli Political Culture
  2. pp. 83-104
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  1. 4. New Challenges to New Authority: Israeli Grassroots Activism in the 1950s
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. Part II: POLITICAL THOUGHT: PROPENSITIES AND ALTERNATIVES
  2. p. 123
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  1. 5. The "Utopian Leap" in David Ben-Gurion's Social Thought, 1920-1958
  2. pp. 125-142
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  1. 6. Sharett' s "Line", Struggles, and Legacy
  2. pp. 143-169
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  1. 7. Political Religion in a New State: Ben-Gurion's Mamlachtiyut
  2. pp. 170-192
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  1. Part Ill: POLITICS OF THE HOLOCAUST
  2. p. 193
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  1. 8. Mapai and the "Kastner Trial"
  2. pp. 195-210
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  1. 9. The Commander of the "Yizkor" Order: Herut ,Holocaust, and Survivors
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. Part IV: SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSITIONS
  2. p. 229
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  1. 10. The Economic Regime during Israel's First Decade
  2. pp. 231-241
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  1. 11. The Crisis in the Kibbutz Movement, 1949-1961
  2. pp. 243-263
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  1. 12. The Kibbutz in the 1950s; A Transformation of Identity
  2. pp. 265-278
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  1. 13. The Contribution of the Labor Economy to Immigrant Absorption and Population Dispersal during Israel's First Decade
  2. pp. 279-296
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  1. 14. Israeli Nationalism and Socialism before and after 1948
  2. pp. 297-310
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  1. Part V: LITERATURE AND POPULAR IMAGES
  2. p. 311
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  1. 15. The Fiction of the "Generation in the Land"
  2. pp. 313-329
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  1. 16. Israeli Literature as an Emerging National Literature
  2. pp. 331-353
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  1. 17. War and Religiosity: The Sinai Campaign in Public Thought
  2. pp. 355-373
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  1. 18. Early Social Survey Research in and on Israel
  2. pp. 375-399
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  1. Part VI: PHYSICAL PLANNING AND SETTLEMENT POLICY
  2. p. 401
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  1. 19. The Transfer to Jewish Control of Abandoned Arab Lands during the War of Independence
  2. pp. 403-440
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  1. 20. New Departures in Zionist Planning:The Development Town
  2. pp. 441-460
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  1. 21. Planning, Housing, and Land Policy 1948-1952:The Formation of Concepts and Governmental Frameworks
  2. pp. 461-494
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  1. 22. Creating Homogeneous Space: The Evolution of Israel's Regional Councils
  2. pp. 495-519
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  1. Part VII: IMMIGRANTS AND IMMIGRATION
  2. p. 521
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  1. 23. Styles of Ethnic Adaptation: Interpreting Iraqi and Moroccan Settlement in Israel
  2. pp. 523-542
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  1. 24. Mapam and the European and Oriental Immigrations
  2. pp. 543-556
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  1. 25. The Silent Partner: Holocaust Survivors in the IDF
  2. pp. 557-572
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  1. Part VIII: THE ARMY
  2. p. 573
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  1. 26. The Civilian Components of Israel's Security Doctrine: The Evolution of Civil-Military Relations in the First Decade
  2. pp. 575-591
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  1. 27. Utopia in Uniform
  2. pp. 593-613
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  1. Part IX: THE ARAB MINORITY
  2. p. 615
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  1. 28. An Uneasy Coexistence:Arabs and Jews in the First Decade of Statehood
  2. pp. 617-658
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  1. 29. Crime and Law Enforcement in the Israeli Arab Population under the Military Government, 1948-1966
  2. pp. 659-679
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  1. Part X: ISRAEL AND THE DIASPORA
  2. p. 681
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  1. 30. The Zionist Movement and the State of Israel,1948-1952: A Formation of Normal Interrelations*
  2. pp. 683-698
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  1. 31. Philanthropy and Politics:Modes of Interaction between Israel and the Diaspora
  2. pp. 699-711
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  1. 32. Defining Relationships: The Joint Distribution Committee and Israel, 1948-1950
  2. pp. 713-731
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  1. 33. American Jewry and Israel: The First Decade and Its Implications for Today
  2. pp. 733-750
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  1. INFORMATION ON CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 751-757
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  1. INDEX [Includes Back Cover]
  2. pp. 759-779
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