Contents: Foreword by Yoav Gelber; Introduction; The First Aliya: Defense and Guarding; The Heroic Phase; Protection by Baron Rothschild; The Transition to the JCA (1900); The Second Aliya: Ideology and Organisation; The Wellsprings of Bar Giora and Hashomer; The Founding of Bar Giora; Social and Cultural Background of the Founders; The Eighth Zionist Congress at The Hague; From Bar Giora to Hashomer; An Operational Base: From Sejera to Kefar Tabor; The Creation of Hashomer; Ideology, Structure and Institutions; Operational Methods Take Shape: 1908--1913; The Labour Legion; Internal Problems: blood feud (gum); agricultural settlement; leadership; cultural aspect; Hashomer and the Yishuv; The Attitude of the Workers' Parties; Hashomer, Institutions of the Yishuv, and the Zionist Movement; Other Guarding Organisations in the Yishuv; The Organisation and Ideology of Hashomer; Organisational and Practical Aspects: threshold of change (from August 1914 until the end of the year); decline (from the end of 1914 until August 1916); the awakening (August 1916-September 1917); the brink of dissolution (September 1917-April 1919); Ideological and Political Changes: underground-revolutionary stage (September 1907-April 1909); the legal stage (April 1909-late 1914, early 1915); ideological revolution (early 1915-British conquest); The Status of Women in Hashomer; The Second Aliya; Services and Welfare; The Attitude Toward the Arabs; The Poaley Zion Party; Hashomer and the Arab Milieu; Daily Relations with the Arabs; The Test of Guarding; The Disbanding of Hashomer; The End of the War; Why was Hashomer Dissolved?: rural and urban defence; organisation: limited and selective, or popular and general?; authority and sovereignty From Unity to Dissolution, 1920-1927; The Mis-Step (12 June 1920-End of 1922): attitude to the security issue; Ahdut Ha'avoda and the Histadrut; the alternative: The Joseph Trumpeldor Labor Battalion; The Intolerable dualism (June 1920-End of 1923): the founding of Hakibbutz; the period of dualism; Activities of Hakibbutz: separate frameworks; The Rift and the End (1923-1927); The Hapoel Association, 1930-1935; Struggle between the Palestinian Labour Movement and Revisionism for Hegemony over Zionism (1925--1933): the ideological-political clash; struggle over Weizmann's succession (1929--1931); labor relations and violence; The Hagana: From Histadrut Control to National Control: the 1929 disturbances and split in the Hagana; transition from Histadrut control to national control; Special Concepts, Special Tools: David Ben-Gurion in 1928-1931: struggle for the creation of The League for Labour Palestine; tendency to convert Hapoel into a Palestinian Schutzbund; integration of Hashomer people in Hapoel (1930-1934); The Conflict Years (1931-1934): debate over the nature and purpose of Hapoel; debate on violence in Mapai; establishment of the Hasadran Attendants' Association; Swan-Song (1934-1935): From Class to Nation' -- Ben-Gurion's change in attitude to the Zionist Organisation and the struggle against Revisionism; Why did Hashomer people resign from Hapoel institutions?; Epilogue: the Hapoel Companies (1936); Conclusions.
"Deepens our understanding regarding the crystalization of the Yishuv's national institutions." --The Journal of Israeli History "Far from being organizationally and ideologically unprepared to deal with the new political and military realities, the Hashomer was in advance of its time and in both theory and practice laid the foundations for the Hagana and the Israel Defense Force." --Choice