The Resource The Masada myth : collective memory and mythmaking in Israel, Nachman Ben-Yehuda

The Masada myth : collective memory and mythmaking in Israel, Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Label
The Masada myth : collective memory and mythmaking in Israel
Title
The Masada myth
Title remainder
collective memory and mythmaking in Israel
Statement of responsibility
Nachman Ben-Yehuda
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In 73 A.D., legend has it, 960 Jewish rebels under siege in the ancient desert fortress of Masada committed suicide rather than surrender to a Roman legion. Recorded in only one historical source, the story of Masada was obscure for centuries. In The Masada Myth, Israeli sociologist Nachman Ben-Yehuda tracks the process by which Masada became an ideological symbol for the State of Israel, the dramatic subject of movies and miniseries, a shrine venerated by generations of Zionists and Israeli soldiers, and the most profitable tourist attraction in modern Israel. Ben-Yehuda describes how, after nearly 1800 years, the long, complex, and unsubstantiated narrative of a Romanized Jew, Josephus Flavius, was edited and augmented in the twentieth century to form a simple and powerful myth of heroism. Ben-Yehuda looks at the ways this new mythical narrative of Masada was created, promoted, and maintained by pre-state Jewish underground organizations, the Israeli army, archaeological teams, mass media, youth movements, textbooks, the tourist industry, and the arts. He discusses the various organizations and movements that created "the Masada experience" (usually a ritual trek through the Judean desert followed by a climb to the fortress and a dramatic reading of the Masada story), and how it changed over decades from a Zionist pilgrimage to a tourist destination. Placing the story in a larger historical, sociological, and psychological context, Ben-Yehuda draws upon theories of collective memory and myth-making to analyze Masada's crucial role in the nation-building process of modern Israel and the formation of a new Jewish identity. An expert on deviance and social control, Ben-Yehuda looks in particular at how and why a military failure and an enigmatic, troubling case of mass suicide (in conflict with Judaism's teachings) were reconstructed and fabricated as a heroic tale
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
OCLCE
Dewey number
933
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS110.M33
LC item number
B46 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The Masada myth : collective memory and mythmaking in Israel, Nachman Ben-Yehuda
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-374) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Excavations of Masada
  • II.
  • The Masada Mythical Narrative.
  • 4.
  • Shmaria Guttman.
  • 5.
  • Masada and Youth Movements.
  • 6.
  • Masada and the Pre-State Jewish Underground Groups.
  • 7.
  • Prologue: Masada -- A Chronology
  • Masada and the Israeli Army (IDF).
  • 8.
  • Masada in Textbooks.
  • 9.
  • Masada, the Media, and Tourism.
  • 10.
  • Masada in Children's Literature and in Art.
  • 11.
  • The Masada Mythical Narrative
  • III.
  • I.
  • Analysis, Discussion, and Summary.
  • 12.
  • Methodological Framing.
  • 13.
  • Theoretical Interpretation.
  • 14.
  • Summary and a Personal Note.
  • Appendix: Main Jewish Underground Groups in Palestine, 1920-1948
  • The Puzzle and the Background.
  • 1.
  • Introduction: The Research Puzzle.
  • 2.
  • The Historical Events of Masada.
  • 3.
Control code
ocn648559344
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxi, 401 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780299148331
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b25812671
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)648559344
  • acls0299148335
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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