The History of Zionism is the definitive account of its subject and a model of historical writing. The term 'Zionism' was first coined at the end of the 19th century, but the idea long reflected the misery of Jewish existence born of oppression in central and eastern Europe, and the longing for what Jews considered to be their ancient homeland. Updated, and with a new preface, Walter Laqueur's comprehensive history begins with a discussion of the European background of Zionism since the French Revolution, covers the many decades of Zionist activities worldwide, and ends with the establishment of the state of Israel and the great turmoil that has followed in its wake. This brilliant account - critical but sympathetic - is the standard work on one of the most impassioned, embattled and controversial movements of our time. "e;profound and altogether admirable"e; - 'The Economist'"e;masterful and comprehensive"e; - 'The Financial Times'"e;brilliantly comprehensive and analytical"e; - 'The Jewish Chronicle'
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