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Israel : an illustrated history
Schroeter, Daniel J.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
157 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
Presents information on ancient Israel while focusing on the modern nation with both religious and secular history including the roles of Romans, Muslims, and Palestinians as well as Jews.
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DS126.5 .S292 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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All of the influential people, the historic sites, and the notable events are here. Daniel Schroeter's fascinating history includes the foundation of the ancient Kingdom of Israel, the development of the modern Zionist movement, the legacy of World War II and the Holocaust, the creation ofstatehood, the conquest of new Arab territory, and the growth of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. With stunning artwork and photographs, Israel: An Illustrated History provides a thorough introduction to the history of Israel in a beautiful keep-sake edition. Profusely illustrated with photographs, historical artifacts, works of art, and facsimile documents, chapters profile notable personalities such as Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachim Begin, Yasir Arafat, and Yitzhak Rabin. Readers will find sidebars on political figures such asNatan Sharansky, government organizations such as the Mossad, and cultural institutions such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Primary sources such as Biblical passages, excerpts from Herzl's Der Judenstadt, a diary from the first Aliyah, and the U.N. partition resolution of 1947 bring Israel'shistory to life; landmark structures such as the Western (or Wailing) Wall, the Second Temple, and excavations of the City of David and the Dead Sea caves add to the visual narrative. A glossary, chronology, and a list of Israel's prime ministers and presidents make this beautiful book an invaluablereference.

Author Notes

Daniel J. Schroeter, Teller Family Chair in Jewish History, University of California, Irvine.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 10 and up. Historic photos, archival documents, and art reproductions, together with excerpts from primary sources, enrich this attractive volume, which authoritatively plumbs Israel's long history. The initial section traces the ancient Israelites from the prebiblical times of the eleventh century BCE to the rise of Islam in the seventh century CE. The second chapter picks up the account of Palestine for the next 1,300 years, a time of Muslim rule. Other chapters explore the rise of Zionism and the persistent conflicts between Jews and Arabs over the land, as well as the British influence in the strategic, ever-volatile area. The role of Palestinian Jews during World War II, the declaration of the modern state of Israel in 1948, and the crises and achievements of the nation during its first 50 years occupy the concluding chapters. Fascinating sidebars of information--e.g., about the Mossad, Israel's internal security service; the ingathering of Ethiopian Jews; the Zionist philanthropy of Baron Edmond de Rothschild--help Schroeter compress telling details in his comprehensive coverage. His insights into modern Israeli life are abundant and honestly address the social and economic tensions and the pressing security concerns of the culturally diverse nation. This up-to-date , significant history will bolster library collections. --Ellen Mandel