Society and Settlement
Jewish Land of Israel in the Twentieth Century
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This book scrutinizes the interrelationships between Jewish spatial organization and social structure and change in Palestine/Israel. Kellerman analyzes the development of nationwide and regional settlements, and reasons for spatial and territorial choices, such as cooperative villages. He uncovers the extreme differences between the old and the new in Jewish settlement patterns, and discusses the implications for cultural development, economic functions, urban spirit, and international status in evolving Israeli society.
Aaron Kellerman is Professor of Geography at the University of Haifa, Israel.
"The study covers important new ground and provides a comprehensive view of the evolution of land settlement patterns since the nineteenth century. Kellerman draws on a wide range of studies in Hebrew — from statistical to literary — to explain the development of urban, suburban, and rural settlements. " — Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College
"I like the manner in which the author integrates the concepts of 'society' and 'territory' in a unique way, seeing them as almost organically related rather than as completely separate entities. This volume deals with questions and concepts which are absolutely central to the State of Israel, and thus will come to be regarded as an important work of scholarship in the future. " — Gregory S. Mahler, University of Mississippi