Israel And Its Mediterranean Identity

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byDavid Ohana

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Israel and Its Mediterranean Identity is a detailed and comprehensive work which reviews Israel’s Mediterranean identity, starting with its Zionist ideological origins and taking us up to the present, as Israel struggles with what it means to be a post-ideological Mediterranean country. How do Israelis define their collective identity in the region? Are they modern crusaders? Do they belong to the Middle East, to Europe, to the global village? Perhaps they do not have to choose between the local and the global. The cultural survey in this book of the contemporary visual arts, popular music, literature, and architecture in Israel reveals the young Israeli society as a vividly Mediterranean one. Israel and its Mediterranean Identity aspires to examine the Mediterranean option for Israel--a multi-cultural society situated between east and west.

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Israel and Its Mediterranean Identity is a detailed and comprehensive work which reviews Israel’s Mediterranean identity, starting with its Zionist ideological origins and taking us up to the present, as Israel struggles with what it means to be a post-ideological Mediterranean country. How do Israelis define their collective identity ...

David Ohana is a historian of modern European history, Jewish history and the history of Israel. He teaches and researches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Paris-Sorbonne, Harvard University, and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a full professor of History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Ohana com...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 8.64 × 5.66 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230112765

ISBN - 13:9780230112766

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Table of Contents

PART I: Identity * Mediterraneanism: A Bridge Over Troubled Water * Multiculturalism or Dialogue? * PART II: Region * Mediterranean Humanism * Levantinism as a Cultural Theory * PART III: Culture * A Man in the Sun * Camus and the Israelis * PART IV: Politics * The Politics of Political Despair * East Meets West * PART V: Memory * A la Recherche du Temps Morrocan Perdu

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"David Ohana offers an insightful and original look at Israeli society, its past, present, and future. Ohana is more than a historian and the book provides a new and inspiring way of looking at Israel and its cultural options, one that is very much worth reading." - Yaakov Ariel, professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill