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Contemporary IsraelNew Insights and Scholarship$
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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479896806

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479896806.001.0001

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Contesting Israel

Contesting Israel

Narratives in Scholarship and Beyond

Chapter:
(p.11) 1 Contesting Israel
Source:
Contemporary Israel
Author(s):

Arieh Saposnik

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479896806.003.0002

The academic study of Israel emerged as a discrete field in the 1980’s. Like other area studies, it was motivated by an effort to find a usable past. Since then, our understanding of the nation’s history has passed through several stages, as in-house accounts that paralleled Zionist ideology gave way to post-Zionist critiques. These were followed by studies of social and cultural history. The latter’s tendency to focus on victimhood both of the population and of scholars ultimately threatened the integrity of field itself.

Keywords:   area studies, historiography, Israel Studies, post-Zionism, victimhood

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