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Ohana, David
Israel and its Mediterranean identity / David Ohana
1st ed
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  DS113.3 .O345 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) National characteristics, Israeli
Subject Mediterranean Region -- Relations -- Israel
Israel -- Relations -- Mediterranean Region
Subject(s) Self-perception -- Israel
Political culture -- Israel
Physical Description x, 216 p. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-209) and index
Contents Part I. Identity: A bridge over troubled water; Multiculturalism or dialogue? -- Part II. Region: Mediterranean humanism; Levantism as a cultural theory -- Part III. Culture: A man in the sun; Camus and the Israelis -- Part IV. Politics: The politics of political despair; Where East meets West -- Part V. Memory: A la recherche du temps Marocain perdu
Summary "Israel is a Mediterranean society-in-the-making. This book is a detailed and comprehensive work which reviews the origins of Israel's Mediterranean identity, starting with its Zionist ideological origins and tracing the path 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? Or perhaps they do not have to choose between the local and the global? Many Israelis could easily identify with a Mediterranean consciousness and represent a complex synthesis of east and west. "--Provided by publisher

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