Discipline: Humanities

Topic: History of the Jewish People


From "National Home" to a "State in the Making": The Jewish Community in Palestine between the World Wars

Aviva Halamish


This 3-volume series presents the development of the pre-statehood Jewish community (Yishuv) in Palestine between the world wars, against the background of local, regional and global events. It focuses on how the Yishuv developed during these years into an autonomous community ready for independence, absorbing hundreds of thousands of immigrants despite being under foreign rule and involved in an escalating conflict with its Arab neighbors.

Volume 1: Historiography and historical background; The Palestine triangle in the 1920s: British, Jews and Arabs, 1917-1929; A volunteer society: Institutions, political parties and organizations; Foundations of the national home: Immigration, economy and settlement in the 1920s (2003, 350 pp., cat. # 10423-1)

Volume 2: Consensus and conflict in the 1920s; From crisis to growth: 1929-1932; The Palestine triangle in the 1930s: British, Jews and Arabs, 1931-1939 (forthcoming, cat. # 10423-2)

Volume 3: Creating a critical mass: immigration and settlement during the 1930s; Consensus and conflict in the 1930s; A race against time: The Yishuv on the eve of World War II (forthcoming, cat. # 10423-3)



Dr. Aviva Halamish is Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication, Netanya Academic College and a member of the History Department at the Open University. She is the author of The Exodus Affair: Holocaust Survivors and the Struggle for Palestine (Syracuse University Press and Vallentine Mitchell, 1998) and many articles on the history of the Yishuv (pre-State Jewish community in Palestine) and on the history of the State of Israel.


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