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The Oldest Guard: Landowners, Local Memory and the Making of the Zionist Settler Past

September 1, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

In this talk, co-hosted by Carolina Center for Jewish Studies and Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Liora Halperin tells the story of Zionist memory in and around the private Jewish agricultural colonies (moshavot) that were established in late 19th century Ottoman Palestine. Though they grew into the backbone of lucrative citrus and wine industries in British mandate Palestine and Israel, absorbed tens of thousands of Jewish immigrants, and became known as the “first wave” (First Aliyah) of Zionist settlement, these communities have been regarded—and disregarded—in the history of Zionism as sites of conservatism, lack of ideological commitment, and resistance to Labor Zionist politics and institutions.

Liora R. Halperin is associate professor of International Studies, History and Jewish Studies, and the Jack and Rebecca Benaroya Endowed Chair in Israel Studies a the University of Washington in Seattle. Her recent book is The Oldest Guard: Forging the Zionist Settler Past (Stanford, 2021). She is also the author of Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine 1920-1948 (Yale, 2015).



September 1, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm