Alan Dowty, <i>The Jewish State: A Century Later</i>. University of California Press, 1998. 337 pp.

Ira Sharkansky

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Alan Dowty, The Jewish State: A Century Later. University of California Press, 1998. 337 pp.

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A review of the book, The Jewish State: A Century Late by Alan Dowty is presented. Dowty's book is a tour de force in its presentation of issues relevant to Israeli politics. He surveys Israel's cultural heritage from its Jewish past and traces its rough-and-tumble style of politics to a combination of Jewish culture, the British Mandate and more recent experiences. He describes Israel's management of its economic and security problems, ethnic rivalries and secular-religious tensions among Jews. He devotes lengthy chapters to a description, explanation and assessment of Jews' relations with non-Jews in a Jewish state, and the impact on Israeli society and polity of the military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza from 1967 until the onset of the Oslo peace process.

Keywords: Gaza; Jews; Israeli politics; Israel

Chapter.  985 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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