The concluding chapter revisits the process that led, within little more than a decade, from a sense of impending “national death” to the emergence of a budding national entity. Aimed at a thorough recasting of Jewishness in the modern world, the Zionist project in Palestine had set a deeply revolutionary transformation in motion. It was one, however, that maintained a complex relationship with the traditions it had renounced and, while secularizing, also sought to create a new national sacrality. The chapter places this undertaking in the contexts of modern Jewish politics, the interconnectedness of “culture” and “politics,” and a methodology that combines the study of mentalities with their tangible manifestations in the form of cultural practice, in the process shedding light on the nature of culture as a historical force and on the combined workings of the traditional and the new in the making of modern nationalism.
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