In the Shad­ow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel

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May 22, 2014

In the Shad­ow of Zion brings to life the true sto­ries of six exot­ic visions of a Jew­ish home out­side the bib­li­cal land of Israel. Israel’s estab­lish­ment has long obscured the fact that emi­nent Jew­ish fig­ures, includ­ing Theodor Her­zl, seri­ous­ly con­sid­ered set­tling enclaves beyond the Mid­dle East. Chris­tians and Jews, authors and adven­tur­ers, politi­cians and play­wrights, and rab­bis and rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies all worked to carve out autonomous Jew­ish ter­ri­to­ries across the globe in remote loca­tions, includ­ing Ango­la, Kenya, Mada­gas­car, Suri­name and Tas­ma­nia. The would-be found­ing fathers of these imag­i­nary Zions dis­patched expe­di­tions to these far-flung regions and filed reports on the dream states they planned to cre­ate. But only Israel emerged from dream to reality.

In the Shad­ow of Zion explores this shad­ow his­to­ry of Jew­ish nation­al­ism, mak­ing this an impor­tant book for under­stand­ing the tra­jec­to­ry of Zion­ism. A grip­ping nar­ra­tive drawn from the author’s trav­els and from his metic­u­lous research in archives the world over, In the Shad­ow of Zion recov­ers the sto­ries of these promised lands and of the fas­ci­nat­ing fig­ures who cham­pi­oned them.

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