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 at 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.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Becoming Israeli|
|Subtitle of host publication||National Ideals and Everyday Life in the 1950S|
|Number of pages||274|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
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