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Zionism and The Development Of Israel

Buber, Martin; Godman, Stanley (Translator). On Zion: The History of an Idea (Martin Buber Library). Syracuse Univ Pr (Trade); 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-815604-82-3.
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Churchill, Randolph S. & Winston S. The Six Day War. Penguin. 1967. [a classic contemporary account]

Brandeis, Louis D. Brandeis on Zionism (The Rise of Jewish Nationalism and the Middle East Series). Hyperion Pr; 1975. Hardcover. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-883553-12-0.
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Cohen, Mitchell. Zion and State: Nation, Class and the Shaping of Modern Israel. Blackwell. 1987. Columbia Univ Pr; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-231079-41-9. [The struggle between mainstream and Revisionist Zionism during the Mandatory and early statehood periods]
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Cohen, Naomi Wiener. American Jews and the Zionist Idea. Ktav Publishing House; 1975. Paperback. ISBN 0-870682-72-5.
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Erlich, Avi; Erlich, Victor. Ancient Zionism: The Biblical Origins of the National Idea. Free Press; 1994. Hardcover. ISBN 0-029023-52-1. [Traces the birth of Zionism to biblical history, and analyzes, defends and criticizes modern Zionism.]
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Goldberg, David J. To the Promised Land: A History of Zionist Thought from Its Origins to the Modern State of Israel (Penguin Politics). Penguin USA (Paper); 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-140125-12-4.
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Greenspahn, F. (ed). Essential Papers on Israel and the Ancient Near East. New York Univ Pr; 1991. Paperback. ISBN 0-814730-38-8.
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Halkin, Hillel. Letters to an American Jewish Friend: A Zionist's Polemic. JPS, 1977. ISBN 0-827600-93-3. Out of Print. [Halkin, an American oleh, addresses six fictional letters to his imaginary friend, explaining to him why he should make aliyah. Considered a classic among American olim in Israel (esp. the non-orthodox olim, since Halkin basically espouses a secular Zionist position).]
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Halpern, Ben. The Idea of a Jewish State. Harvard University Press, 1976. Out of Print. ISBN 0-674442-01-6.
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Halpern, Ben; Reinharz, Jehuda. Zionism and the Creation of a New Society (Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series). Brandeis Univ; 2000. Paperback. ISBN 1-584650-23-0.
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Harkabi, Yehoshafat. Israel's Fateful Hour. Harper & Row. 1988. Out of Print. [The former director of IDF military intelligence, Hebrew University professor of international relations, and winner of the 1993 Israel Prize, explains Israel's need for peace and the feasibility of "land for peace"; based on the author's Hachpaot Goraliot]

Herzl, Theodore. The Jewish State. Federation of American Zionists, New York. 1917. Dover Pubns; 1989. Paperback. ISBN 0-486258-49-1.
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Herzog, Chaim. The War of Atonement. Steinmatzky. 1975. Stackpole Books; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 1-853673-07-2.
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Hertzberg, Arthur. The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader. Atheneum. 1979. Jewish Publication Society; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-827606-22-2. [An outstanding 85 page introductory essay and anthology of writings by leading Zionists]
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Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies of Tel Aviv University. The West Bank and Gaza: Israel's Options for Peace. Tel Aviv University. 1989. [essential background reading from a study group led by Aharon Yariv, a former director of IDF military intelligence; initially sponsored by the American Jewish Congress and co-sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith]

Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies of Tel Aviv University. The West Bank and Gaza: Toward A Solution. Tel Aviv University. 1989. [a companion to Jaf89b; independent proposals by the Jaffee Center study group]

Laqueur, Walter. A History of Zionism Schocken Books, 1972. Fine Communications; 1997. Hardcover. Reprint edition. ISBN 1-567311-00-8.
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Mandel, Neville. The Arabs and Zionism Before World War I. University of California. 1976. Out of Print.

Medoff, Rafael; Waxman, Chaim I.; Woronoff, Jon (ed). Historical Dictionary of Zionism. Scarecrow Pr; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-810837-73-0.
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Melman, Yossi. The New Israelis: An Intimate View of a Changing People. Birch Lane Pr; 1992. Hardcover. ISBN 1-559721-29-4. [The first half of the book is a history of Zionism, along with an analysis of the decisions, accomplishments, compromises, and mistakes that the major leaders made. The second half of the book discusses various aspects of Israeli society, such as religious groups, Israeli Arabs, Sefardim, defense needs, and so on. Note: Melman is clearly a left-wing secular Israeli.]
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Parker, Richard B. (ed); Saunders, Harold H. The Six-Day War: A Retrospective. University Press of Florida: 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-813013-83-6
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Penkower, Monty Noam. The Emergence of Zionist Thought (American University Studies, Series IX, History, Vol 3). Peter Lang Publishing; 1991. Hardcover. ISBN 0-820416-00-2.
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Kornberg, Jacques. At the Crossroads: Essays on Ahad Ha'Am. State Univ of New York Pr; 1983. Paperback. ISBN 0-873957-39-3.
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Penkower, Monty Noam. The Holocaust and Israel Reborn: From Catastrophe to Sovereignty. Univ of Illinois Pr (Pro Ref); 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-252063-78-3.
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Porat, Dina. The Blue and the Yellow Stars of David: The Zionist Leadership in Palestine and the Holocaust 1939-1945. Harvard Univ Pr; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-674077-08-3.
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Rubenstein, Amnon. The Zionist Dream Revisited. Schocken Books, New York. 1984. Out of Print. [Traces the cumulative tradition of Israeli intellectuals from its Herzlian and Second Aliayh roots to the present day and delves into the reasons for the right-wing reaction that has emerged since the Six-Day War. Very political.]

Sachar, Howard M. The Course of Modern Jewish History. Vintage Books. New revised edition, 1990. Paperback. 891 pages. ISBN 0-679727-46-9.
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Sachar, Howard M. A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time. Knopf; 1996. Paperback. 2nd revised edition. ISBN 0-679765-63-8.
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Segev, Tom. 1949: The First Israelis. The Free Press, 1986. Henry Holt (Paper); 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805058-96-6. [A detailed history of the first year of Israel's existence, based on an extensive study of official documents and the press, showing how ideology met with the reality of building a state.]
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Simon, Leon. Selected Essays of Ahad Ha-'Am Athenium, 1962.

Sternhell, Zeev; Maisel, David (transl). The Founding Myths of Israel. Princeton Univ Pr; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-691016-94-1.
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Sykes, Christopher. Crossroads to Israel: 1917-1948. Midland Books. 1973. Out of Print.

Urofsky, Melvin I. American Zionism from Herzl to the Holocaust. Univ of Nebraska Pr; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-803295-59-6.
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Zipperstein, Steven J. Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'Am and the Origins of Zionism. Univ California Press; 1993. Hardcover. ISBN 0-520081-11-0.
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