Babel In Zion: Jews, Nationalism, And Language Diversity In Palestine, 1920-1948

Hardcover | November 25, 2014

byLiora R. Halperin

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The promotion and vernacularization of Hebrew, traditionally a language of Jewish liturgy and study, was a central accomplishment of the Zionist movement in Palestine. Viewing twentieth-century history through the lens of language, author Liora Halperin questions the accepted scholarly narrative of a Zionist move away from multilingualism during the years following World War I, demonstrating how Jews in Palestine remained connected linguistically by both preference and necessity to a world outside the boundaries of the pro-Hebrew community even as it promoted Hebrew and achieved that language’s dominance.
 
The story of language encounters in Jewish Palestine is a fascinating tale of shifting power relationships, both locally and globally. Halperin’s absorbing study explores how a young national community was compelled to modify the dictates of Hebrew exclusivity as it negotiated its relationships with its Jewish population, Palestinian Arabs, the British, and others outside the margins of the national project and ultimately came to terms with the limitations of its hegemony in an interconnected world.

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The promotion and vernacularization of Hebrew, traditionally a language of Jewish liturgy and study, was a central accomplishment of the Zionist movement in Palestine. Viewing twentieth-century history through the lens of language, author Liora Halperin questions the accepted scholarly narrative of a Zionist move away from multilingual...

Liora R. Halperin is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She lives in Boulder, CO.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.13 inPublished:November 25, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300197489

ISBN - 13:9780300197488

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“Babel in Zion is an exemplary, smoothly written cultural history that situates the resurgence of Hebrew as a national vernacular within the complex and multilingual setting of interwar Palestine.”—Barbara Mann, International Journal of Middle East Studies