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Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948

Liora R. Halperin


The promotion and vernacularization of Hebrew, traditionally a language of Jewish liturgy and study, was a central accomplishment of the Zionist movement in Palestine in the years following World War I. Viewing twentieth-century history through the lens of language, this book questions the accepted scholarly narrative of a Zionist move away from multilingualism, 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. The ... More

Keywords: Hebrew, Zionist movement, Palestine, multilingualism, Palestinian Arabs, hegemony, national community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300197488
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liora R. Halperin, author
University of Colorado - Boulder