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Beyond the Nation-StateThe Zionist Political Imagination from Pinsker to Ben-Gurion$
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Dmitry Shumsky

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300230130

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300230130.001.0001

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David Ben-Gurion

David Ben-Gurion

Jewish States, Non-Jewish States

(p.172) Chapter Five David Ben-Gurion
Beyond the Nation-State

Dmitry Shumsky

Yale University Press

This chapter concentrates on the first Israeli prime minister, David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973), and traces the continuum of his positions about the issue of Jewish national self-determination from before World War I until after the Holocaust. Before World War I, Ben-Gurion wholeheartedly supported the continued existence of the Ottoman Empire on the basis of a revised multinational blueprint that was based on his own assessment of “what is good for the Jewish people.” Furthermore, Ben-Gurion copied the idea of “decentralization” from the Ottoman context and made it a part of his vision for the future character of the Jewish state in Palestine as supported by him throughout most of the Mandate period.

Keywords:   David Ben-Gurion, Jewish people, self-determination, World War I, Holocaust, Ottoman Empire, decentralization, Mandate period

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