The Kibbutz Movement: A History

Volume 2: Crisis and Achievement, 1939-1995

By Henry Near

This volume takes up Near's narrative account of the history of the kibbutz movement from the outbreak of the Second World War. He considers the effects of the war and the Holocaust on the kibbutzim and their youth movements; the political struggles which led to the end of the British Mandate; the War of Independence, including the role of the Palmach and the political controversy it engendered; the crises which followed the establishment of the State of Israel and the politics of the kibbutz movement in the early years of independence; and the kibbutzim's gradual adaptation to their new position in Israeli society and to the challenges of a multigenerational society in the late twentieth century. The main narrative ends with the radical changes of the 1980s, but it is followed by a comprehensive overview of developments within the kibbutz movement in the next twenty years. Much of the material is new in any language, and virtually all is new in English. Throughout, economic developments, immigration and agricultural settlement, political and ideological issues, and internal social developments are presented as interdependent and as vitally affected by - and often affecting - the changing fortunes of the Jewish people, the Zionist movement, and the Jewish community in Palestine/Israel. (PRINT ON DEMAND)

430 pages

Publication Date: 2/21/2008
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781874774396