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The Founding Myths of Israel:
Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the Jewish State
Zeev Sternhell
Translated by David Maisel

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface
A Note on the Transliteration of Hebrew Names and the Translation of Hebrew Book Titles
Introduction: Nationalism, Socialism, and Nationalist Socialism3
Ch. 1The Primacy of the Nation: Aaron David Gordon and the Ethos of Nation-Building47
The Negation of the Diaspora47
What Is a Nation?52
Nationalism versus Socialism: The Amelioration of Man, Nation, or Society?59
The Right to the Land: The Power of History68
Ch. 2The Worker as the Agent of National Resurrection74
The Heritage of the Second Aliyah74
The First Stages of the Shift to the Right80
The Elimination of the Marxist Po'alei Tzion Party92
The Founding of Ahdut Ha'avoda107
Experiential Socialism121
Ch. 3Socialism in the Service of the Nation: Berl Katznelson and "Constructive" Socialism134
The Legend and the Reality134
The Nation above All146
From "Productivist" to Nationalist Socialism153
Ch. 4Ends and Means: The Labor Ideology and the Histadrut178
The Bases of Power178
Taking over the Collective Settlements: The Establishment of the Nir Company192
The Cult of Discipline and Authority: The Destruction of Gdud Ha'avoda (the Labor Corps)198
Ch. 5The Triumph of Nationalist Socialism: "From Class to Nation"217
What Is a Class?217
The Collaboration with the Middle Classes233
The Struggle over Workers' Education244
Ch. 6Democracy and Equality on Trial264
The Hegemony of the Apparatus and the Poverty of Intellectual Life264
Oligarchy and Conformism270
Equality: Principle and Practice282
The Failure of the Family Wage290
Class Warfare in the Histadrut306
Epilogue: From the State-in-the-Making to the Nation-State318
Notes347
Glossary391
Bibliography399
Index409

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