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Imagining ZionDreams, Designs, and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement$
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S. Ilan Troen

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300094831

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300094831.001.0001

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Trial and Error in the Village Economy

Trial and Error in the Village Economy

(p.15) Chapter 2 Trial and Error in the Village Economy
Imagining Zion

S. Ilan Troen

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how miniature commonwealths could not survive without a solid economic basis. Indeed, settlements were rarely profitable in the short term. Their establishment and viability depended on substantial and continuing external support and a willingness to forgo short-term gains for long-term goals. Crucial debates began in earnest in the 1920s over which economic system was best suited for Zionist villages. In order to understand how settlements achieved economic solvency after extended dependencies on philanthropic or public bodies, it is necessary to examine the work of the professional planners employed by Zionist colonization authorities. It was they who controlled the design of settlements and influenced the distribution of funds on which further colonization depended.

Keywords:   miniature commonwealths, solid economic basis, Zionist villages, economic solvency, Zionist colonization authorities

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