Israeli Historical Revisionism: From Left to Right

Routledge
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The essays in this volume, by leading scholars from within and outside Israel, shed new light on the Israeli historians' controversy of the creation of the State of Israel, the 1948 War and its aftermath, Israel's attitude towards Holocaust survivors, the "melting pot" absorption policy and similar subjects. The attack on Zionist historiography, which initially came from what is dubbed the "post-Zionist" radical left, has recently broadened to include a critique from the right. These essays cover diverse aspects of the critique, exploring its historiographical, political, sociological and educational ramifications.
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Routledge
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Published on
Oct 31, 2013
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Pages
196
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ISBN
9781135318574
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Middle East / General
Political Science / General
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