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Memories, Myths and Misconceptions: An Analysis of Dominant Zionist Narratives Formalized in the Israeli Declaration of Independence

Memories, Myths and Misconceptions: An Analysis of Dominant Zionist Narratives Formalized in the Israeli Declaration of Independence

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Memories, Myths and Misconceptions: An Analysis of Dominant Zionist Narratives Formalized in the Israeli Declaration of Independence

by Tara Douglas BA, University of Victoria, 2005 A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER’S in the Faculty of Humanities/Department of History

Memories, Myths and Misconceptions: An Analysis of Dominant Zionist Narratives Formalized in the Israeli Declaration of Independence

by Tara Douglas BA, University of Victoria, 2005 A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER’S in the Faculty of Humanities/Department of History

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Memories, Myths and Misconceptions: An Analysis of DominantZionist Narratives Formalized in the Israeli
 Declaration of Independence
 byTara DouglasBA, University of Victoria, 2005A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER’Sin the Faculty of Humanities/Department of History
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Tara Douglas, 2008University of VictoriaAll rights reserved. This thesis may not be reproduced in whole or in part, byphotocopy or other means, without the permission of the author.
 
 iiMemories, Myths and Misconceptions: An Analysis of DominantZionist Narratives Formalized in the Israeli
 Declaration of Independence
 byTara DouglasBA, University of Victoria, 2005
Supervisory Committee
Dr. Oliver F. Schmitdke, (Departments of Political Science and History)
Supervisor
Dr. Martin Bunton, (Department of History)
Co-Supervisor or Departmental Member
Dr. Greg Blue, (Department of History)
Departmental Member
Dr. Matt James, (Department of Political Science)
Outside Member
 
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Abstract
Supervisory Committee
Supervisor
Dr. Oliver F. Schmitdke, Departments of Political Science and History
Co-Supervisor or Departmental Member
Dr. Martin Bunton, Department of History
Departmental Member
Dr. Greg Blue, Department of History
Outside Member
Dr. Matt James, Department of Political ScienceThis thesis contends that from the inception of Zionist ideology until theformation of Israel, the Zionist leadership, through the skillful use of narratives and theprocess of articulating a specific position and constraining opposing narratives, hasbeen highly effective in creating and molding the historic perspectives and collectivememories which have shaped, and continue to shape, Jewish identity and experience inPalestine. This study argues that the Israeli
 Declaration of Independence
of May 1948formalized core Zionist narratives and national myths within Israeli national self-identity, while simultaneously promoting their acceptance among world Jewry and theinternational community. This paper also maintains that these key narratives were usedto legitimize the attitudes and actions of the early Zionists, and later Israelis, towardsthe indigenous (and surrounding) Arab populations. The impact of these narratives andnational myths on the Palestinian Arabs, the effects of which continue to reverberate,is particularly addressed.

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