Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781611685572 Published July 2014
E-book $34.99 ISBN: 9781611685589 Published July 2014

Becoming Israeli

National Ideals and Everyday Life in the 1950s

Anat Helman

Becoming Israeli

Anat Helman

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

296 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781611685572 Published July 2014
E-book $34.99 ISBN: 9781611685589 Published July 2014
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.
Contents
Preface • Acknowledgments • Introducing Israel in White • The Language of the Melting Pot • The Humorous Side of Rationing • “A People in Uniform” • Taking the Bus • Going to the Movies • The Communal Dining Hall • Informality, Straightforwardness, and Rudeness • Conclusion • Notes • Bibliography • Index
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