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Memories, myths and misconceptions : an analysis of dominant Zionist narratives formalized in the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

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dc.contributor.author Douglas, Tara
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-08T19:10:19Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-08T19:10:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008-12-08T19:10:19Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1276
dc.description.abstract This thesis contends that from the inception of Zionist ideology until the formation of Israel, the Zionist leadership, through the skillful use of narratives and the process of articulating a specific position and constraining opposing narratives, has been highly effective in creating and molding the historic perspectives and collective memories which have shaped, and continue to shape, Jewish identity and experience in Palestine. This study argues that the Israeli Declaration of Independence of May 1948 formalized core Zionist narratives and national myths within Israeli national self-identity, while simultaneously promoting their acceptance among world Jewry and the international community. This paper also maintains that these key narratives were used to legitimize the attitudes and actions of the early Zionists, and later Israelis, towards the indigenous (and surrounding) Arab populations. The impact of these narratives and national myths on the Palestinian Arabs, the effects of which continue to reverberate, is particularly addressed. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Israelis en_US
dc.subject Arabs en_US
dc.subject Israel en_US
dc.subject Palestine en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Political Science en_US
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::Middle East--History en_US
dc.title Memories, myths and misconceptions : an analysis of dominant Zionist narratives formalized in the Israeli Declaration of Independence. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Schmidtke, Oliver
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US


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