Zionism: A Brief History

This book explores the origins of Zionism within Jewish tradition, the variety of Zionist ideologies, and the political circumstances that fostered this movement. Jewish immigration to Palestine, shifting British policies, Arab reactions to Jewish settlements, and the impact of the Holocaust are among the book’s central topics. A final chapter summarizes the major problems and achievements of the Jewish state, and examines possible directions for its post-Zionist future.


Michael Brenner (University of Munich and visiting professor at Stanford University) is the author of numerous publications including The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany and After the Holocaust: Rebuilding Jewish Lives in Postwar Germany.

Shelley Frisch is the author of The Lure of the Linguistic and translator of many books from the German, including biographies of Nietzsche, Kafka, and Einstein. She has taught German literature at Columbia University, Haverford College, and Rutgers University, and serves on the PEN Translation Committee.