"A valuable reference work on practically every phase and aspect of the modern history of Zionism and Israel over the last 120 years [...] fulfills its purpose as a comprehensive reference source on the history of Zionism and Israel. Academic and public-policy researchers and analysts will find the work extremely useful (from the Middle East Policy review by Joshua Sinai).
"500 entries on all aspects of Israeli politics. Prominent political figures, historical events, geography, and key concepts of the Israeli political system are included, making this a useful reference work on Israel today and in the recent past" (from the Middle East Journal review).
"Although meant to provide only a brief history of the Zionist movement, the book is thorough, and the first part touches on most of the major events and personalities in the history of Zionism. The book's dictionary of Zionist terms, however, is not exhaustive and lacks many key terms. Despite the fact that the book is written as a basic reference book for students of Zionism and the history of Israel, its format leaves much to be desired. Combining a history book and a dictionary, the volume lacks a clear focus, a problem that mars an otherwise excellent book" (from the Africa & the Middle East review by Meyrav Wurmser). See also the Dutch Review of Church History review by Edward Breuer.
"Gives especial emphasis to contemporary events. Both the authors and the series editor justify their focus on the present by defining Palestine in terms of the new Palestine National Authority [...] as a guide to recent events and contemporary actors on the Palestinian stage, it is a more than useful addition to our existing resources [...] The factual content of the entries is high, particularly the biographical articles which are rich in dates and activities [...] concludes with a long and well-chosen English-language bibliography, which is particularly rich in references to publications emanating from the West Bank" (from the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies review by Paul Auchterlonie).
"A comprehensive guide to various aspects of political life in Israel. A valuable resource for scholars and students [...] introduction provides a concise overview of Israeli government and politics, society, economy, history, and relations with members of the international community" (from the Middle East Journal review).
Signed entries. No bibliographies. Includes chronology and index. "Contains hundreds of articles on political, diplomatic, and military events, groups, personalities, conflicts, and operations, focusing on the post-1947 period but including the period of the Palestine problem as well [...] a bibliography follows most of the long entries [...] a long chronology and a useful index make this work a user-friendly reference tool [...] The researcher is advised to use this reference work with caution and in conjunction with other works" (from the International Journal of Middle East Studies review by Philip Mattar). See also the reviews from Journal of Military History and International Affairs.
"An excellent reference volume. It offers pithy political biographies, copious country profiles, well-researched war accounts, and beneficial backgrounders [...] lacking in its coverage of militant Islam" (from the Middle East Quarterly review by Jonathan Schanzer).
2nd ed. Online version of the 4 volume original. Also available in print through our catalog. "Coverage includes culture and society, religion and ethnicity, history and politics, war and treaties, geography, and economics, generally from 1800 to the present. The work emphasizes countries or issues specifically relevant to Western readers [...] An open gateway to current knowledge about an important region in world affairs" (from the Choice review by F. H. Dagher).
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Journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on all aspects of world history, excluding North America, from 1450. Includes links to the full text of some articles. Complements America: History and Life. Indexes publications from 1954-present.
"Divided into three parts: a historical overview, a guide to further research and terms, and documents. The comprehensive annotated bibliography [...] is an excellent source in itself; there is also a useful section on organizations and institutions, and both a chronology and a glossary, all extensive" (from the Library Journal review by Ruth K. Baacke).
"One fascinating highlight of these essays is their discussion of possibilities and directions for future research for political scientists. The bibliographies themselves constitute extensive reviews of the literature on the region. They include both periodical articles and monographs" (from the Choice review by S. J. Stillwell Jr.).
"Ideally the reader should peruse the 40 sheets, which incorporate over 400 multicoloured maps, in conjunction with the previous work [2d ed.] to which it is effectively a supplement. Mapped topics and contained statistical tables, relate primarily to 'dynamic' rather than 'static' facets of the country, and much new information has been made available to the reader. Subjects treated in a definitive way in the second edition are excluded from this presentation which concentrates on those maps based on data that have become available since 1970 or which, by their nature, change through time [...] Overall, in spite of its lack of a gazetteer, this is an excellent production upon which the Survey of Israel deserves congratulation. There is little to criticize with regard to cartographic quality and presentation" (from the Geographical Journal review by R.W. Anson).
"Though lacking detail, the simple, newspaper-style maps are good for quick receptivity and understanding and suitable for class use [...] notes to sources are sparse, and some maps are of transitory importance. An exceptionally handy tool from an Israeli perspective" (from the Choice review by M. O. Shannon). See also the Journal of Palestine Studies review by Ilan Pappe. These reviews both refer to the 6th ed.
"The wealth of materials resulting from archaeological researches and historical studies on Jerusalem in recent years has necessitated a publication such as this: an atlas that presents the data relating to the history of Jerusalem (from ancient to contemporary times) so that the reader understands quickly and clearly the sig- nificance of what is known about the city (primarily from archaeological data) [...] The reproduction of the maps and line drawings is stunning" (from the Biblical Archaeologist review by James D. Purvis). See also the reviews from Middle Eastern Studies by Rehav Rubin and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies by Noah Lucas.
"A comprehensive reference work tracing Jerusalem's earliest history beginning in the third millennium BCE through the twentieth century [...] successfully combines the archaeological, biblical, and historical sources in this richly illustrated volume that includes three hundred maps and four hundred illustrations" (from the Religious Studies Review review by Ann E. Killebrew).
"Presents basic information on key aspects of the polity, society, and economy of Israel in a condensed format [...] information on the sys- tem of government, the political parties, the military, the media, foreign policy, the population, religion, interest groups, education and recreation, Israel and world Jewery, the economic framework, social and political ramifications of economic policy, economic data, sectors of the economy, budget and taxes, foreign trade, and economic dependence on foreign suppliers" (from the Journal of Economic Literature review). See also the Middle East Journal review.
"This book makes an important contribution, not only to the field of Palestinian history and demography, but to the study of the modern history of the entire Middle East. In addition to its 44 pages of text and notes, it includes nearly 200 pages of tables of Ottoman, European and British Mandate statistics on the demography of Palestine. It thus brings together in one volume a wealth of data for the researcher and the student, making it an indispensable reference work, as well as a significant monograph in its own right" (from the Journal of the American Oriental Society review by Rashid Khalidi). See also the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies review by M. E. Yapp, the Journal of Palestine Studies review by Roger Owen, and the Middle Eastern Studies review by U. O. Schmelz.
Incorporates documentary materials relating to Israel and the Administered Areas which are not otherwise available in English (including summaries of judicial decisions, compilations of legislative enactments and military proclamations).
Also online. Statistics collected by Central Bureau of Statistics on population and demography, health, education, welfare, culture, entertainment, sports, households and families, labor, economy, industries, environment, government, and much more.
Gazeteer and chronology. "Precise data on 418 villages. Each entry notes the village's location, population, number of homes, and land holdings as of 1948, and also narrates village life before 1948, the impact of military operations in 1948, and the current status of village land. The book contains detailed maps for each district; a fold-out map of all the villages; five maps of military operations; and hundreds of full-page or smaller photographs of villages prior to and following their destruction. The entries not only detail each destroyed village but provide a feel for the texture of village society [...] As scholarly documentation, All That Remains will become the definitive source for research into the Palestinian displacement in 1948" (from the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies review by Ann M. Lesch).
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"A journey through Jewish thought, from the Bible to today, on the path of the symbolic status of the land of Israel [...] the authors avoid the easy, simplified, or overly black-and-white interpretation [...] Overall, I can unhesitatingly recommend this work for syllabi on the history of Israel or Jewish thought. In fact, it would make a nice addition to a survey course on Jewish cultural or intellectual history since it covers such a broad chronology on a specific concept. It will be interesting but not essential to the specialist researching medieval or modern Jewish thought or Zionism" (from the Journal of Religion review by Tracie B. Guy). See also the American Historical Review review by David Biale, and George R. Wilkes in Canadian Journal of History.
"New insights, revelations appearing in print for the first time, and portraits of Israeli leaders, past and present, are adeptly woven together with an overview of major events. This incisive book will be welcomed by all with an interest in the history of Israel" (from the Middle East review).
"This highly informative work divides the history of the land and the nation of Israel into eight manageable segments, written by seven highly-qualified authors [...] Because of the enormous volume of history covered in less than 400 pages, at times the book provides only the barest of details [...] but it provides an exceptional and understandable overview in a single, concise volume" (from the Journal of Church & State review by Kelvin R. Moore).
"The author maintains that the book is aimed at those 'readers seriously interested in the origin and development of the modem State of Israel.' Unfortunately, however, the book is anything but serious. The author has taken upon himself to discuss too many issues and subjects to provide a serious treatment of any of them. The entire book contains no references and the narration lacks analytical depth [...] Furthermore the book is riddled with factual inaccuracies" (from the Journal of Third World Studies review by P.R. Kumaraswamy).
2 volumes. "This massive and excellent volume treats the history of Israel within the context of her intricate relationship with world Jewry, the Arab world, the United States and other Western powers, and Soviet Russia [...] it is studded with an abundance statistical data covering politics, demography, immigration, living standards, agriculture, industry, health, etc." (from the American Historical Review review by Raphael Patai). See also the review by Wilfrid Knapp, and the International Affairs review of vol. 2 by Jonathan Marcus.
"Offers the general reader a useful introduction to the subject. The author has mastered the considerable intricacies of Zionist history to present a readable account of the thought and action of the movement [...] it should be noted that Ben Halpern's The Idea of the Jewish State, which is somewhat more analytic and less narrative than this work, still remains an important point of departure for scholarly inquiry on Zionism" (from the American Historical Review review by Stephen M. Poppel). See also the Contemporary Sociology review by Elmer N. Lear, and the Sociological Analysis review by Abraham D. Lavender.
"Abstains from partisan cheerleading to provide a balanced historical overview of development of the modern Israeli state. Especially interesting is the author's thorough analysis of the intrafaith differences that have contributed to increasing polarization among various groups of Israeli citizens" (from the Booklist review by Margaret Flanagan).
"The author is the founding father of the New Historians, a group of Israeli scholars who have challenged long-established perceptions about the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their research rigorously documented crimes and atrocities committed by the Israeli armed forces, including rape, torture, and ethnic cleansing. With Making Israel, the author brings together the first collection of translated articles on the New History by leading Zionist and revisionist Israeli historians, providing Americans with a firsthand view of this important debate and enabling a better understanding of how the New Historians have influenced Israelis' awareness of their own past" (Publisher's description).
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The uncut first-person interviews used in two PBS documentaries; In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in World War II, and Is Jerusalem Burning? Myth, Memory and the Battle of Latrun. Both films, relying primarily on these first-person accounts, tell the story of the formation of Israel.