Israel: A History

Israel A History Israel is a small and relatively young country but its turbulent history has placed it squarely at the centre of the world stage for most of this century For two millennia the Jews dispersed all ove

  • Title: Israel: A History
  • Author: MartinGilbert
  • ISBN: 9780552995450
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Israel is a small and relatively young country, but its turbulent history has placed it squarely at the centre of the world stage for most of this century For two millennia the Jews, dispersed all over the world, prayed for a return to Zion Until the nineteenth century, that dream seemed a fantasy, but then a secular Zionist movement was born and soon the initial trickleIsrael is a small and relatively young country, but its turbulent history has placed it squarely at the centre of the world stage for most of this century For two millennia the Jews, dispersed all over the world, prayed for a return to Zion Until the nineteenth century, that dream seemed a fantasy, but then a secular Zionist movement was born and soon the initial trickle of Jewish immigrants to Palestine turned into a flood as Jews fled persecution in Europe From these beginnings, Martin Gilbert traces the events and personalities that would lead to the sudden, dramatic declaration of Statehood in May 1948.From that point on, Israel s history has been dominated by conflict Suez, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Lebanon and the Intifada Using contemporary documents and eyewitness accounts, drawing on his own intimate knowledge of the country and its people, Martin Gilbert weaves together a seamless, page turning history of a powerful and proud nation.

    The History of Israel A history of Israel is one of persecution, struggle, oppression and survival Long before Jacob became Israel, since the ancient beginnings of Genesis, this tiny nation has been in a constant state of survival From the moment of Abraham s arrival in the land of Canaan, God s people have been surrounded by enemies on all sides. Israel A History Martin Gilbert Oct , Israel A History and millions of other books are available for Kindle Learn Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer Israel HISTORY Israel A History The Schusterman Series in Israel Aug , Israel A History The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies and millions of other books are available for Kindle Learn Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Israel A History by Anita Shapira A well written, even handed, objective and history of the Zionist movement, the pre State Jewish settlement and the State of Israel, both from the perspective of its encounters with the Arabs and the outside world, as well as internal economic, developmental and cultural aspects of Israel. Israel A History by Martin Gilbert Israel is a small and relatively young country, but its turbulent history has placed it squarely at the centre of the world stage for most of this century For two millennia the Jews, dispersed all over the world, prayed for a return to Zion. Israel Facts, History, Map Britannica Feb , The State of Israel is the only Jewish nation in the modern period, and the region that now falls within its borders has a lengthy and rich history that dates from prebiblical times The area was a part of the Roman Empire and, later, the Byzantine Empire before falling under the control of the fledgling Islamic caliphate in the th century ce.

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    • MartinGilbert

      The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as true history Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony s College, and became a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1962, and an Honorary Fellow in 1994 After working as a researcher for Randolph Churchill, Gilbert was chosen to take over the writing of the Churchill biography upon Randolph s death in 1968, writing six of the eight volumes of biography and editing twelve volumes of documents In addition, Gilbert has written pioneering and classic works on the First and Second World Wars, the Twentieth Century, the Holocaust, and Jewish history.Gilbert drove every aspect of his books, from finding archives to corresponding with eyewitnesses and participants that gave his work veracity and meaning, to finding and choosing illustrations, drawing maps that mention each place in the text, and compiling the indexes He travelled widely lecturing and researching, advised political figures and filmmakers, and gave a voice and a name to those who fought and those who fell twitter sirmartin36facebook sirmartingil

    143 thoughts on “Israel: A History

    • Long history of the state of Israel, starting from the Zionist dream of Herzl up to 2008. Gilbert's approach is framed around political figures and individuals, with only rare asides in popular culture or technology. Early on, he seems to want to describe the founding of every single kibbutz in Israel, although he shifts his detailed focus towards individual war stories and personal accounts of negotiations and wars.In terms of bias, Gilbert's book is pro-Israel, but with some major caveats. Tho [...]

    • This was okay but unfortunately not what I was looking for. It spent too much time on meaningless minutiae and not enough on the events that I really wanted to find out about. I guess I will have to look elsewhere if I want to find a more satisfying history of Israel. This one didn't scratch my itch sadly.

    • I picked up this book after being verbally assaulted by a number of co-workers in a rather heated discussion on the Middle East. (Are there any other kinds?) Although I felt I had a reasonable sense of the historical context of Israel, well it seemed the prudent thing to do get us much information as possible. I could have bought any number of books but as Mr Gilbert seemed to have a soft spot for Churchill (as do I ) this seemed like a good choice, despite its size! It's well written and well r [...]

    • Martin Gilbert, in this comprehensive volume, chronicles the history of the Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael), from 1862 to 1997.He describes the ancient attachment of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, through the millenia. Since the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in CE 70, the Jews who were dispersed all over the Roman Empire, had prayed for a return to Zion.'Next year' in Jerusalem, has always been the hope expressed at the end of every Passover meal, commemorating the exod [...]

    • I got a lot out of this book; it brought home to me the reality of the dangers Israelis face every day and the many ways the rest of the world has let them down. It was hard to get into; most of the first hundred or so pages seemed to be a list of the various settlements established in Israel after the early Zionist movement. I'm glad I kept with it, though; there was so much information in the book. I like Gilbert's style; he doesn't display a lot of emotion when he tells about the atrocities c [...]

    • This history of Israel only takes the reader up to 1998. The first hundred pages is fairly dense prose, full of people and place names, which could cause one to put the book down. However, the history is compelling and readable for the next three or four hundred pages, taking the reader through the founding of the state of Israel and its wars. Unfortunately, the last one hundred pages demonstrates Gilbert's clear biases, reading more like a polemic than history. Gilbert is unable to be objective [...]

    • Like all Martin Gilberts book i found Israel:a history crammed full of historical documentary evidence without a bias or a salespitch. It is difficult to find a book on Israel which doesnt either try to justify the racism and brutality of Zionism and Israel war crime violations or spend the entire chapters of the book chronicleing only war crimes and UN violations. This book list some war crimes, false flag operations and immoral arms dealing as any factual book on Israel should. Gilbert is no D [...]

    • I started reading this book while visiting Israel, and it was a tremendous help to enrich my understanding and enjoyment of this amazing country. By coincidence, I was there for both Israel’s “Memorial Day” and their “Day of Independence.” The first is a day of mourning for the entire country, for everyone has incurred the loss of loved ones in the many wars and conflicts of the past 67 years. The following day, though, is a day of great joy as this Jewish nation celebrates the birth o [...]

    • Martin Gilbert's Israel: A History offers a comprehensive account of the development and rise of the State of Israel from the development of political Zionism in the mid-1800s to the aftermath of the peace process following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. This 2008 edition also includes new chapters covering the period from 2000 to 2007 which, while they fall outside the book's primary historical arc, are still interesting and informative.Gilbert takes something of a "Great Man" appr [...]

    • There is no escaping the fact that this is a massive book but to deal with a topic as broad as Israel then it simply has to be. There are many accounts of Israeli history out there but the size of this book lends it a feature that I felt few others had, comprehensiveness. Gilbert starts off with the pre-Christianity history of Israeli lands (which helps put the claims to a Jewish state into context) before moving forward to the first Jewish settlers in the 19th century. The book then covers ever [...]

    • I doubt any book on Israel will ever will be considered to be objective. Better than total ignorance is an informed confusion, which this books lends itself to generating. Filled with detail from a time before major Jewish settlement of Palestine and the formation of the state of Israel, this book pulls few punches and makes for uneasy reading if you're British. My final assessment was one of sad bewilderment at rights and wrongs so entangled by repeated struggle that makes the Gordian knot look [...]

    • A thoroughly researched, incredibly detailed account of Israel's short, but intense history. Martin Gilbert maintains a position of neutrality throughout the book and includes many first and second source quotes which adds both richness and poignancy to the text. The material is quite dense, and at times reads more like a text book. However, it was very informative and comprehensive.

    • I wanted to learn more about the history of Israel and better understand my new home. Gilbert's book is a wonderful introduction to this land and its dynamics. Glad I read it.

    • As many have said, the detail can get tedious at times but holds your attention. The book is like a chronological time piece. Lack of any apparent or overt political viewpoints helped me keep an open mind. Must say my view on the Palestinian situation did change as it did with many Israeli's. My wish is to visit Israel for an extended period, visit different cities and maybe do some bicycle touring.

    • First, let me say that the history of the nation of Israel is a fascinating story, but its hard to tell it from this journalistic scrap book cut and paste job telling of events with no attempt to integrate or explain.From what I can tell (Gilbert doesn't help with this) the unsettled situation in Israel that has descended from occasional national wars to continual regional terrorism stems from some primary facts about Israel:1. In 1948, after the nation was declared, there was a massive exchange [...]

    • Enjoyed that but at times a bit tough going, especially the constant diversions in the first part of the book to document every single settlement as it's founded. I enjoyed the last 30% of the book the most, but suspect this was due to the fact it covered events (Lebanon War, the PLO, peace process) I remember from the news when growing up. One thing about the book is you need to have a pretty good understanding of the geography of Israel/Sinai, as much of the narrative deals with the ever fluct [...]

    • An exhaustive history of modern Zionism and the first 50 years of the State of Israel. Told from a left-wing perspective and often through the eyes of Shimon Peres, Gilbert is balanced but not really interested in telling a Palestinian story. This leads to feeling that Arab voices are somewhat conspicuous by their absence. The edition that I read concluded in 1998 with a positive thought for the future. One imagines that Gilbert has been unimpressed with the following 15 years as they have heral [...]

    • Very well written! In this book Martin Gilbert presents to the reader the trials and tribulations of creating or establishing Israel as a country from the physical and political viewpoints. Certainly this was no easy task when its Arab neighbors attacked it before and after its declaration of independence and in its wars since. The book's narrative does slow down a bit near the end when it tries to present Israel's attempts to deal with terrorism but this does not take away from the reader's ove [...]

    • Martin Gilbert was post-WWII Brit Zionist, lucky enough to get pegged by Randolph Churchill to write a gazillion-volume biography of his dad. His credentials as a historian assured, Gilbert's written plenty since, usually without a smidgen of charisma or insight. Here, he treads gently and patriotically through Israel's emotionally charged territory, making this one of the most boring national histories I've ever read. At least the title is accurate (a history, not the history).

    • It's a long book - over 600 pages and 30 pages of maps, but it's worth the effort. Most of what you read online and hear in the media about Israel is inaccurate and delivered by badly informed journalists and bloggers with only a shallow understanding or knowledge of this country, the people, and the region. The detail is meticulous and it would make an excellent reference book for historians and writers who want to refer back to a certain period or event in the past 70 years.

    • Honestly I could not push myself to finish this book. I find Gilbert's long winded story of Arab-Israeli War (Independence war, war of attrition and Yom Kippur war) extremely wasteful. His story is engrossed on war manoeuvre and less concentration on its consequences particularly on Israeli/Palestinians. He went far on detailing the sprouts of kibbutz which I personally find repetitive. Nevertheless I commend his research on overall history of Israel.

    • Excellent history of Israel that starts at the beginning of the Zionist movement in the 1800s. Martin Gilbert presents the facts along with quotes and personal paragraphs that not only tell the story of Israel "by the numbers" but also tells the story of the people of Israel. I recommend this book to anyone interested in Israel or the Middle East, as Gilbert discusses the other Middle Eastern countries and their effects on Israel. Excellent!

    • A very poorly written book on a very interesting subjects. All the interesting information gets bogged down and hazed by tons of unimportant and boring details, i.e. every freaking settlement started by the Israelis in the Holy Land and absolutely every terrorist attack comitted by Palestinians since 1948. It's a pity the author didn't think it through, the potential was there.

    • A superlative account of both Zionism and the State of Israel from the time of Herzl and the first Aliyah to Palestine, down to the present stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. After I read this book I had a greater appreciation of the struggles faced by Israel, and the very real imperative for the Jewish people to find a homeland they could call their own.

    • I haven't completely finished this book but the parts that I have read are incredibly informative and interesting. Sometimes I use the book to look up particular events. I really enjoy this book and hope to finish it in it's entirety within the coming months.

    • Although written well, there is a Leftist bend in the last third of book. The entire book however, shows a complete lack of understanding and almost racial hatred of Orthodox Jewry.

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