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Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel: Life History, Politics, and Culture
edited by Ruth Kark, Margalit Shilo and Galit Hasan-Rokem
foreword by Shulamit Reinharz
Brandeis University Press, 2008
eISBN: 978-1-58465-808-5 | Cloth: 978-1-58465-702-6 | Paper: 978-1-58465-703-3
Library of Congress Classification HQ1728.5.I9513 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.48892400904

This fascinating interdisciplinary collection of essays brings gender issues to the foreground in order to redress a profound imbalance in the historiography of the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, and in the early years of the State of Israel. Although male discourse still dominates this field, some initial studies have begun to create an authentic and multifaceted Hebrew-Israeli voice by examining the activities and contributions of women. This research has led to a number of basic questions: What was the reality of life for women in Jewish society in Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine (Eretz Israel), and in the early years of the State? What was the contribution of women to the renewal of Israeli society and culture? What is the place of gender perceptions in the study of the new local identity? The original articles in this anthology forge an innovative response to one or more of these questions, and reflecting the state of research in the field.

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