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The Colonies of War: Colonialism, Zionism and Law in Early Mandate Palestine

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Ronen ShamirTel-Aviv University

ISBN13: 9780521631839
ISBN: 0521631831
Published: January 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £89.99



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Treating law as an essential cultural component in a nation-building project, this book offers a socio-historical analysis of a community-based system of justice under colonial rule. It traces the attempts of Jewish jurists-nationalists to establish a non-religious system of Hebrew Courts in British-ruled Palestine. This book analyzes the secular, national and anti-colonial ideology of the Hebrew Law of Peace and shows that Jewish religious groups, secular lawyers and leading Zionist institutions undermined the Hebrew Law project. The book develops the concept of 'dual colonialism' to analyze the complex relations between Jewish settlers and British colonizers, and explores the reluctance of leading Zionists to allow a process of nation-building from below that would have allowed communities, rather than organized quasi-state institutions, to define the trajectory of Jewish nationalism.

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Contents:
1. Mandate Palestine: the enigma of the missing colonial state
2. Whose tradition?: imageries of the past in Hebrew law, Interregnum
3. State law and communal justice
4. Celebrating authenticity and practicing hybridity
5. Nationalism as a disciplinary regime, Salle d'Attente
6. Lawyering the nation
7. Nation-building and the containment of legality
8. Dead law and statism: a suggested lesson.