Over the past two decades, profound changes in Israel opened its
society to powerful outside forces and the dominance of global
capitalism. As a result, the centrality of Zionism as an organizing
ideology waned, prompting expressions of anxiety in Israel about
the coming of a post-Zionist age. The fears about the end of
Zionism were quelled, however, by the Palestinian uprising in 2000,
which spurred at least a partial return to more traditional
perceptions of homeland. Looking at Israeli literature of the late
twentieth century, Yaron Peleg shows how a young, urban class of
Israelis felt alienated from the Zionist values of their forebears,
and how they adopted a form of escapist romanticism as a defiant
response that replaced traditional nationalism.
One of the first books in English to identify the end of the
post-Zionist era through inspired readings of Hebrew literature and
popular media, Israeli Culture between the Two
Intifadas examines Israel's ambivalent relationship with
Jewish nationalism at the end of the twentieth century.
Subjects: History, Language & Literature
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