Plowshares into Swords by Arno Mayer
From Zionism to Israel

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This rich, authoritative history chronicles the Zionist Israeli quest from itsorigins in pre-Great War Europe. Plowshares Into Swords traces the development ofpolitical Zionism’s primal resolve to implant a state for Jews in aMiddle East of ever greater strategic importance. In it, Mayer provides newperspectives on key turning points as well as on such enduring issuesas the young country’s dire need for imperial protection, the oilimperative, the hidden ascendance of Jabotinsky’s martial andexpansionist canon, and reliance on the American Jewish and Christianevangelical lobbies. He examines, too, the post-colonial backlash against Westernsupremacy, the asymmetry of power between Israelis and Palestinians,the Zionist Israeli leaders’ studied prevarication on borders, and theemergence of political Judaism and political Islam.

Incorporatingreflections on founding violence, sovereignty, resistance, terror, andreligious politics, Plowshares into Swords is an absorbing, challenging narrative of Zionism and Israel in the context of world history.

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Arno Mayer is Professor Emeritus of European History at Princeton University. His many books include The Persistence of the Old Regime: Europe to the Great War, The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions, Plowshares into Swords: From Zionism to Israel and Why Did the Heavens Not Darken? The "Final Solution" in History.
Published August 17, 2008 by Verso. 432 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Mayer never loses sight of the similar Palestinian Arab urge toward self-determination, born at the same time as the Zionists’ but swept aside by the world’s sense of guilt over the Holocaust and the decision to collectively atone for it with the creation of Israel.

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Mayer decided instead to write Plowshares into Swords: From Zionism to Israel—a highly critical history of the encounter between the Zionist "colonialist master[s]" and the Palestinian "native subaltern[s]" (p.

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