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Kibbutz Movement: A History: Crisis and Achievement, 1939-1995 v. 2

Henry Near

The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in association with Liverpool University Press

This volume continues the narrative account of the history of the kibbutz movement from the outbreak of the Second World War onwards. This period included a number of dramatic and complex developments: the effects of the world 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 problems and challenges of a multi-generational society in the late twentieth century. Although the detailed narrative ends in 1977 (when the Israeli political system, and the status of the kibbutz, underwent a radical change), it is followed by a detailed overview describing the many developments which took place between 1977 and 1995. Much of the material is new in any language, and virtually all is new in English.

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