By revisiting the past hundred years of shared Palestinian and
Jewish-Israeli history, Baruch Kimmerling reveals surprising
relations of influence between a stateless indigenous society and
the settler-immigrants who would later form the state of Israel.
Shattering our assumptions about these two seemingly irreconcilable
cultures, Kimmerling composes a sophisticated portrait of one
side's behavior and characteristics and the way in which they
irrevocably shaped those of the other.
Kimmerling focuses on the clashes, tensions, and
complementarities that link Jewish, Palestinian, and Israeli
identities. He explores the phenomena of reciprocal relationships
between Jewish and Arab communities in mandatory Palestine,
relations between state and society in Israel, patterns of
militarism, the problems of jurisdiction in an immigrant-settler
society, and the ongoing struggle of Israel to achieve legitimacy
as both a Jewish and a democratic state. By merging Israeli and
Jewish studies with a vast body of scholarship on Palestinians and
the Middle East, Kimmerling introduces a unique conceptual
framework for analyzing the cultural, political, and material
overlap of both societies. A must read for those concerned with
Israel and the relations between Jews and Arabs, Clash of
Identities is a provocative exploration of the ever-evolving,
always-contending identities available to Israelis and Palestinians
and the fascinating contexts in which they take form.
Subjects: History, Sociology
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