Zionism: A Brief History
Markus Wiener Publishers
In the early years, Zionism was a revolutionary idea. This brief history, which reads like a historical novel, shows how the ideas that were to become Zionism were forged, how those ideas were turned into reality, and how Zionism transformed the Jewish people into participants in their own destiny.
First published in 2003, this expanded new edition contains a much needed Afterward which deals with the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the rise of consumerism, the rise of rightist parties, and the emergence of new political parties in today’s Israel.
One of the strengths of this work is that Brenner does not have an ax to grind, nor does he come with an agenda. He is not a new historian who argues that Zionists oppressed the Arabs who were living in Palestine. He does not propose that Zionist ideas and the reality of Zionism are not in tandem. Nor is he a right-wing historian trying to prove Israel’s role and right to certain political ideas and places. Michael Brenner is a gifted storyteller who gleans the best stories from a rich and dynamic century. Those stories just happen to be true.
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