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Israel in Comparative Perspective: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom (Suny Series in Israeli Studies)

Michael N. Barnett

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ISBN 10: 079142832X / ISBN 13: 9780791428320
Published by State University of New York Press, 1996
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Title: Israel in Comparative Perspective: ...

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Because Israel is unique in many dimensions, many social scientists consider it a historical peculiarity. Neither East nor West, developed nor undeveloped, capitalist nor socialist, Third World nor First World, Israel has little in common with other countries and their historical experiences. This book of original essays challenges the image of Israeli uniqueness and the status of the Israeli case and at the same time corrects some common misperceptions about the comparative method in general and case selection in particular. At the same time, it compares Israeli and Arab experiences and addresses critical issues in Middle Eastern studies. To challenge the image of Israeli uniqueness, the authors situate Israel's history in comparative context; employ macrohistorical concepts both to reexamine the Israeli case and to build bridges between Israel and other historical experiences; and use the Israeli case to reconsider existing social science theories. [Articles by Michael Barnett, Yehezkal Dror, Rebecca Kook, Ian Lustick, Joel Migdal, Gershon Shafir, Gabriel Sheffer, Shibley Telhami, and Mark Tessler and Ina Warriner] Israel in Comparative Perspective demonstrates how our understanding of the region can be enriched by using models and theories developed in other regions to reexamine Israeli history.

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"This excellent analysis draws on social science theory that properly puts Israel in a larger comparative context. On a very important topic, this book fills a major gap in the literature." -- Robert O. Freedman, Baltimore Hebrew University

"The issues in this stimulating volume should inspire a whole range of comparative studies." -- Studies in Contemporary Jewry

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