East or West? Tel-Aviv in the 1920s and 1930s

Anat Helman*

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Tel-Aviv of 1934 was still a city in flux, one that had evolved considerably from its founders' vision of a serene garden suburb adjoining the noisy and overcrowded Jaffa. Most of its population was European in origin - but were East Europeans to be considered "Western?" And what of Tel-Aviv's location in the heart of the Middle East - was this indeed felt only as a "faint palimpsest"? It may be more accurate to say that Tel- Aviv in the formative years of its growth was influenced by three different urban models, Western, East European and Levantine. During the 1920s and 1930s, these models coexisted and competed with each other, as the one-time suburb grew and was gradually transformed into a real city.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationStudies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199848652
ISBN (Print)0195134680, 9780195134681
StatePublished - 3 Oct 2011

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© 1999 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


  • City
  • Suburb
  • Tel-Aviv
  • Urban models


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