Forget the New Historians. Here are the Real Revisionists (Review of Nitzan and Bichler's "The Global Political Economy of Israel")

Forget the New Historians. Here are the Real Revisionists (Review of Nitzan and Bichler's "The Global Political Economy of Israel")
Bouillon, Markus R.. (2003). The MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies. Vol. 3. pp. 69-71. (Review; English).

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"With the publication of Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler's The Global Political Economy of Israel the challenge to the established discourse about Israeli society and history is not only renewed, but also taken further in a far more radical fashion than ever before. The account Nitzan and Bichler offer is not only a radical re-interpretation of Israel past and present, it is also a major contribution to our understanding of the phenomenon commonly referred to as "globalization," as well as a radical challenge to established disciplinary boundaries and our approach to the study of politics and the economy. . . . The Global Political Economy of Israel is a highly challenging account of the Jewish state and argues that post-Zionism may not simply be a new ideological development, but may indeed be the logical consequence of Israel's evolution as a capitalist society. . . . It is also an all-out, all-round attack on political scientists, international relations scholars, and liberal and neo-liberal economists, which invites a great deal of controversy. Although the evidence is sometimes presented in an anecdotal style (which may serve as an excuse to discard an inconvenient analysis for many) it is thorough and deserves to stir up controversy, not only with regard to the interpretation of Israel’s past, but also with respect to the general theoretical understanding of what politics is and how social change occurs. . . . Nitzan and Bichler deserve the attention of a larger audience. All those who read the New Historians and followed the debates on the revisionist historiography closely, as well as those interested in globalization and its implications for the social and political spheres, should study this book intensively and consider its interpretations and wider implications. Disagree one may, but ignore, one cannot afford. Forget the New Historians, these are the real revisionists".



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The Global Political Economy of Israel.
Nitzan, Jonathan and Bichler, Shimshon (2002). Pluto Press. (Book; English).


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BN Theory
BN Political Parties
BN State & Government
BN Region - Middle East
BN Industrial Organization
BN Civil Society
BN Institutions
BN Power
BN International & Global
BN Region - North America
BN Business Enterprise
BN Value & Price
BN Crisis
BN War & Peace
BN Conflict & Violence
BN Money & Finance
BN History
BN Ideology
BN Distribution
BN Methodology
BN Comparative
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Policy
BN Class
BN Growth

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Jonathan Nitzan

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14 Jun 2007

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