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Zionism, Race, and the Great Zionist Racialist Novel

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Mark Gelber; Mark Gelber

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2007, pp.12-14.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Literature; Zionism; History; Race

Type: Report


Before racialism fell out of fashion in the 1920s, the author explains, the Zionist movement contained several elements of racialism. (This racialism was distinct from racism, says the author, because for Zionists, racial distinction went hand in hand with racial equality.) The author traces the various racial ideologies through their manifestations in Zionist literature.