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Babel in ZionJews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948$
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Liora R. Halperin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197488

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197488.001.0001

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Babel in Zion

Babel in Zion

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Babel in Zion
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Liora R. Halperin

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197488.003.0001

This book concentrates on the years between 1920, when the British, then the military occupiers of Palestine, first declared Hebrew an official language of that country, and 1948, when Israel declared independence and started to formalize language policies in the context of statehood. It discusses the specific ways that Zionist language ideologies developed in a particular set of circumstances, and draws transnational comparisons, where relevant, both with other national communities and with Jews in other settings. It also describes Jewish anxieties about the dominance of Hebrew and awareness of the multilingualism of Hebrew across several overlapping institutional, geographic, and social areas. An overview of the chapters included in this book is then provided.

Keywords:   Zionist, language ideologies, Jews, national communities, British, multilingualism, Hebrew, language policies

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