Presents the major issues of the Israeli culture wars: cleavages between religious and secular, veterans and newcomers, Zionists and non-Zionists, Jews and Arabs.
Introduction by Anita Shapira New Historiography and National Identity: Reflections on Changes in the Self-Perception of Israelis and Recent Israeli Revisionist Historiography by Mordechai Bar-On Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel as a Deeply Divided Society by Sammy Smooha Whatever Became of "Negative Exile"? by Anita Shapira The Diaspora Factor in Israeli Life by Eli Lederhendler Fifty Years of Israeli Discourse on the Holocaust: Characteristics and Dilemmas by Dalia Ofer Israeli Indentity: The Jewish Component by Charles Liebman and Yaacov Yadgar Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU): Their Influence and Identity by Theodore Friedgut From Melting Pot to Multiculturalism or The Privatization of Israeli Identity by Daniel Gutwein The Globalization of Israel: Transformations by Nine Oz Almog About the Editor and Contributors Index
Anita Shapira is Professor at Tel Aviv University. She specializes in modern and contemporary Jewish history, especially social and cultural history and questions of identity.
?Every article is insightful, well reasoned, and supported. Many are innovative or at least offer a perspective not often expounded. The topics themselves suggest the richness of ideas about social identity: the new historiography, Arab-Jewish relations, "negating exile," the diaspora factor, the Holocaust, Judaism, new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, from "melting pot to multiculturalism," and globalization....Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.?-Choice