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Babel in Zion

Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948
by Liora R. Halperin
Yale Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2014
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 313 pp.
Size: 6.25 x 9.50 inches

ISBN: 9780300197488
TB Code: 1805472
Availability: 22 in stock

The promotion and vernacularization of Hebrew, traditionally a language of Jewish liturgy and study, was a central accomplishment of the Zionist movement in Palestine. Viewing twentieth-century history through the lens of language, author Liora Halperin questions the accepted scholarly narrative of a Zionist move away from multilingualism during the years following World War I, demonstrating how Jews in Palestine remained connected linguistically by both preference and necessity to a world outside the boundaries of the pro-Hebrew community even as it promoted Hebrew and achieved that language’s dominance.