The Invention of the Jewish People

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by Shlomo SandYael Lotan (Translator) 4.11  ·   A historical tour de force that demolishes the myths and taboos that have surrounded Jewish and Israeli history, The Invention of the Jewish People offers a new account of both that demands to be read and reckoned with. Was there really a forced exile in the first century, at the hands of the Romans? Should we regard the Jewish people, throughout two millennia, as both a distinct ethnic group and a putative nation—returned at last to its Biblical homeland?

Shlomo Sand argues that most Jews actually descend from converts, whose native lands were scattered far across the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The formation of a Jewish people and then a Jewish nation out of these disparate groups could only take place under the sway of a new historiography, developing in response to the rise of nationalism throughout Europe. Beneath the biblical back fill of the nineteenth-century historians, and the twentieth-century intellectuals who replaced rabbis as the architects of Jewish identity, The Invention of the Jewish People uncovers a new narrative of Israel’s formation, and proposes a bold analysis of nationalism that accounts for the old myths.

After a long stay on Israel’s bestseller list, and winning the coveted Aujourd’hui Award in France, The Invention of the Jewish People is finally available in English. The central importance of the conflict in the Middle East ensures that Sand’s arguments will reverberate well beyond the historians and politicians that he takes to task. Without an adequate understanding of Israel’s past, capable of superseding today’s opposing views, diplomatic solutions are likely to remain elusive. In this iconoclastic work of history, Shlomo Sand provides the intellectual foundations for a new vision of Israel’s future. (less)

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    The Invention of the Jewish… The Invention of the Jewish People
    by Shlomo Sand, Yael Lotan (Translator)

    The Invention of the Land o… The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
    by Shlomo Sand, Geremy Forman (Translator)

    How I Stopped Being a Jew How I Stopped Being a Jew
    by Shlomo Sand, David Fernbach (Translation)

    Qu’est-ce qu’une nation ? s… Qu’est-ce qu’une nation ? suivi de Le judaïsme comme race et comme religion
    by Ernest Renan, Shlomo Sand (Foreword)

    The End of the French Intel… The End of the French Intellectual: From Zola to Houellebecq
    by Shlomo Sand

    Twilight of History Twilight of History
    by Shlomo Sand, David Fernbach (Translator)

    Animal Shelter 2 Animal Shelter 2
    by Hedi El Kholti (Editor), Dodie Bellamy, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Moyra Davey

    La Mort du Khazar rouge La Mort du Khazar rouge
    by Shlomo Sand

    On the Nation and the Jewis… On the Nation and the Jewish People
    by Shlomo Sand, Ernest Renan

    Reflections On Anti-Semitism Reflections On Anti-Semitism
    by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan, Ivan Segr, David Fernbach (Translation)

    Le XXe siècle à l’écran Le XXe siècle à l’écran
    by Shlomo Sand, Michel Ciment (Préface), Michel Bilis (Traduction), Yaël Shneerson (Traduction)

    The Words and the Land: Isr… The Words and the Land: Israeli Intellectuals and the Nationalist Myth
    by Shlomo Sand, Ames Hodges

    Une race imaginaire. Courte… Une race imaginaire. Courte histoire de la judéophobie
    by Shlomo Sand, Michel Bilis (Translator)

    הקולנוע כהיסטוריה: לדמיין ו… הקולנוע כהיסטוריה: לדמיין ולביים את המאה העשרים
    by Shlomo Sand, שלמה זנד

    Marxism & feminism today (I… Marxism & feminism today (International Socialism, #127)
    by Alex Callinicos (Editor), Judith Orr (Contributor), Shlomo Sand (Contributor), John Rose (Contributor)

    ¿EL FIN DEL INTELECTUAL FRA… ¿EL FIN DEL INTELECTUAL FRANCÉS?. DE ZOLA A HOUELLEBECQ: De Zola a Houellebecq (Cuestiones de Antagonismo nº 100)
    by Shlomo Sand, Alcira Bixio (Translator)

    Warum ich aufhöre, Jude zu … Warum ich aufhöre, Jude zu sein: Ein israelischer Standpunkt
    by Shlomo Sand

    Une race imaginaire. Courte… Une race imaginaire. Courte histoire de la judéophobie
    by Shlomo Sand

    A Indústria do Cinema face … A Indústria do Cinema face à Indústria do Extermínio: Do malvado judeu Süss, a Schindler o bom alemão (UCG EBOOKS)
    by Shlomo Sand, João Francisco Figueira (Editor), Vitor Silva (Editor), Rui Pires Cabral (Translator)

    COMO DEIXEI DE SER JUDEU COMO DEIXEI DE SER JUDEU
    by Shlomo Sand

    La invención de la tierra d… La invención de la tierra de Israel
    by Shlomo Sand

    Berbères juifs: L’émergence… Berbères juifs: L’émergence du monothéisme en Afrique du Nord
    by Julien Cohen-Lacassagne, Shlomo Sand (Preface)

    source https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/1256505.Shlomo_Sand

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