British Jewry, Zionism, and the Jewish State, 1936-1956

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byStephan E. C. Wendehorst

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Stephan E. C. Wendehorst explores the relationship between British Jewry and Zionism from 1936 to 1956, a crucial period in modern Jewish history encompassing both the shoah and the establishment of the State of Israel. He attempts to provide an answer to what, at first sight, appears to be acontradiction: the undoubted prominence of Zionism among British Jews on the one hand, and its diverse expressions, ranging from aliyah to making a donation to a Zionist fund, on the other. Wendehorst argues that the ascendancy of Zionism in British Jewry is best understood as a particularly complex, but not untypical, variant of the 19th and 20th century's trend to re-imagine communities in a national key. He examines the relationship between British Jewry and Zionism on three levels:the transnational Jewish sphere of interaction, the British Jewish community, and the place of the Jewish community in British state and society. The introduction adapts theories of nationalism so as to provide a framework of analysis for Diaspora Zionism. Chapter one addresses the question of why British Jews became Zionists, chapter two how the various quarters of British Jewry related to the Zionist project in the Middle East, chapterthree Zionist nation-building in Britain and chapter four the impact of Zionism on Jewish relations with the larger society. The conclusion modifies the original argument by emphasising the impact that the specific fabric of British state and society, in particular the Empire, had on BritishZionism.

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Stephan E. C. Wendehorst explores the relationship between British Jewry and Zionism from 1936 to 1956, a crucial period in modern Jewish history encompassing both the shoah and the establishment of the State of Israel. He attempts to provide an answer to what, at first sight, appears to be acontradiction: the undoubted prominence of Z...

Stephan Wendehorst was educated at the universities of Munich and Oxford. After a spell as deputy director of the Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University. At present he is Feodor Lynen research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the department of history at Giessen university and co...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:December 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: On questions, methodological approaches and sources1. The mechanics of British Zionism2. British Jewry and Zionist state and nation building3. The conquest of the community: The Zionization of British Jewry4. British Jewry, Zionism and the British polityConclusion: Zionism in Britain - a Jewish identity between Britishness and supplemental diaspora nationalismAppendicesBibliographyGlossaryIndex