Early Zionists and crusader castles: perceptions and interpretations of crusader material culture, late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries

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Abstract

Scholarship analyzing Zionist perceptions of historical remains in Palestine focuses mainly on biblical and Jewish remains. This article analyses responses to material culture which did not fit neatly into Zionist discourse. Crusader remains were a prominent and visible physical presence in the country’s cultural landscape, yet they related not to a glorious Jewish past but to a time considered traumatic in Jewish history. This article studies the popular perception and interpretation of these remains by Zionist immigrants and travellers at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)337-358
Number of pages22
JournalJewish Culture and History
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • First and Second Aliyah
  • Zionism and crusade
  • archaeology and nationalism
  • crusader material culture
  • crusader medievalism
  • perception of material culture

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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