Reinventing Jerusalem: Israels Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter after 1967 Simone Ricca

ISBN: 9781845113872

Published: June 15th 2007

Hardcover

296 pages


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Reinventing Jerusalem: Israels Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter after 1967  by  Simone Ricca

Reinventing Jerusalem: Israels Reconstruction of the Jewish Quarter after 1967 by Simone Ricca
June 15th 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 296 pages | ISBN: 9781845113872 | 6.70 Mb

The Jewish quarter of Jerusalem today seems like an organic fusion of a modern Israeli city with an ancient Jewish heritage. However, as Simone Ricca details in this fascinating book, the aesthetics of the Jewish Quarter were deliberately planned and executed by Israel after it was occupied during the 1967 war. Secular-nationalist as well as religious politicians agreed that it should be turned in to the capital of the Jewish nation, and that it should be excavated and developed in such a way as to create a sense of continuity with the Jewish peoples historical claims to the land.

Zionist ideology was thus translated in to bricks and mortar as modern civic amenities were constructed around historic sites, such as the Wailing Wall and the Hurva Synagogue. Ricca examines the politics of heritage conservation, and shows that the Old Citys reconstruction did not so much preserve the past as inscribe an identity on to the future.



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