The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge

The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge
Publisher: Verso Books
Published Date: February 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1844678563

Ilan Pappe looks at the continued role of Zionist ideology in providing a sense of self and political direction. In particular, Pappe examines the way historians have framed the 1948 conflict as a liberation campaign, creating a foundation myth that went unquestioned in society until the 1990s.


Reviewed by: Ramona Wadi

Ilan Pappé makes a succinct statement in the introduction to his latest book: "Indeed, Israel is one of a few states considered by many to be at best morally suspect or at worst illegitimate. What is challenged, with varying degrees of conviction and determination, is not the state itself but rather the idea of the state." This describes...


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