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Becoming Israeli
National Ideals and Everyday Life in the 1950s
Anat Helman

The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies

Brandeis University Press
2014 • 296 pp. 58 illus. 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / Jewish History / History of Israel & Palestine

$35.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-557-2
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-556-5

$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-558-9

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
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A fresh and lively assessment of the pleasures and hardships of daily life in Israel during the 1950s

With a light touch and many wonderful illustrations, historian Anat Helman investigates "life on the ground" in Israel during the first years of statehood. She looks at how citizens--natives of the land, longtime immigrants, and newcomers--coped with the state's efforts to turn an incredibly diverse group of people into a homogenous whole. She investigates the efforts to make Hebrew the lingua franca of Israel, the uses of humor, and the effects of a constant military presence, along with such familiar aspects of daily life as communal dining on the kibbutz, the nightmare of trying to board a bus, and moviegoing as a form of escapism. In the process Helman shows how ordinary people adapted to the standards and rules of the political and cultural elites and negotiated the chaos of early statehood.

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ANAT HELMAN is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her most recent book is A Coat of Many Colors: Dress Culture in the Young State of Israel.

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