Zionism and New Israeli History

Authored by: Rachel Fish

The Routledge Companion to Jewish History and Historiography

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138193611
eBook ISBN: 9780429458927
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Israeli historiography has gone through four distinct waves of scholarship since the emergence of the State of Israel in 1948. The writing of Israeli history starts with the personal accounts of the founders of the State of Israel and those who experienced the formation of the state. The second wave of historical writing occurred among the first generation of academically trained Israeli historians, who matured during the 1960s and produced their historical scholarship beginning in the 1970s. The “new historians” emerged in the mid-1980s and re-evaluated the founding narratives, myths, and “official” histories of the State. The current generation of scholars continues to write diplomatic, military, and political histories, but is also integrating histories of the populations that were marginalized or suppressed in the early stages of the state’s formation.

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