The Invention of the Jewish People
Shlomo Sand Translated by Yael Lotan
Published by Verso Books
2010, 344pp, ISBN 9781844676231, Paperback
Bestselling new analysis of Jewish history by a leading Israeli historian.
A historical tour de force, The Invention of the Jewish People offers a groundbreaking account of Jewish and Israeli history. Exploding the myth that there was a forced Jewish exile in the first century at the hands of the Romans, Israeli historian Shlomo Sand argues that most modern Jews descend from converts, whose native lands were scattered across the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
In this iconoclastic work, which spent nineteen weeks on the Israeli bestseller list and won the coveted Aujourd'hui Award in France, Sand provides the intellectual foundations for a new vision of Israel’s future.
“Sand's questions about how Israel's democracy can be liberalized and stabilized are thought-provoking and deserve serious discussion.”
“Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don't change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.”
– Eric Hobsbawm, Observer
“[Sand's] quiet earthquake of a book is shaking historical faith in the link between Judaism and Israel.”
– Rafael Behr, Observer
“Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.”
– Tony Judt
“Extravagantly denounced and praised.”
– New York Times
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