Becoming Israeli: national ideals & everyday life in the 1950s

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"With a light touch and many wonderful illustrations, historian Anat Helman investigates "life on the ground" in Israel during the first years of statehood. She looks a how citizens—natives of the land, longtime immigrants, and newcomers—coped with the state's efforts to turn an incredibly diverse group of people into a homogenous whole. She investigates the efforts to make Hebrew the lingua franca of Israel, the uses of humor, and the effects of a constant military presence, along with such familiar aspects of daily life as communal dining on the kibbutz, the nightmare of trying to board a bus, and moviegoing as a form of escapism. In the process Helman shows how ordinary people adapted to the standards and rules of the political and cultural elites and negotiated the chaos of early statehood".--Book Jacket.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWaltham
PublisherBrandies University Press
Number of pages274
ISBN (Electronic)1611685567, 1611685575, 1611685583, 9781611685565, 9781611685572, 9781611685589
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSchusterman series in Israel studies
PublisherBrandies University Press


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