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Whose People?

Wales, Israel, Palestine

Until now, Wales has been almost completely neglected in British Jewish studies. But with Whose People? Jasmine Donahaye fills this gap in the research, as she examines the long history of Welsh interest in Palestine and Israel. Donahaye surveys Welsh missionary writing, fictional imaginings of Jews, and the political use of Palestine and Israel, challenging conventional wisdom about Welsh tolerance and liberalism and revealing a complex and unique relationship. Donahaye’s study makes an important contribution to international Jewish studies, to the study of British colonial involvement in Palestine, and to Welsh and Jewish literary and cultural history.

205 pages | 1 map | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012

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“By carefully interrogating the actual written word, Jasmine Donahaye’s Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine manages to disrupt more than one historical commonplace about Welsh attitudes regarding Wales and Jews, Zionism and the Holy Land. Donahaye’s pathbreaking work demonstrates that the representation of this iconic relationship has a varied and contingent history, a history constantly elided or reconfigured as the need for new representations of Wales and Welshness arose. Whose People? combines careful scholarship with invigorating analysis.”

Daniel Melia, University of California, Berkeley

Table of Contents

General Editor’s Preface

Introduction: a beginning and an end
1. Tracing the Wales-Israel tradition
2. The mission to convert the Jews
3. Welsh semitic discourse
4. Twentieth-century political comparisons
5. The Jewish response


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