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ESRA North Coast 'Theodor Herzl’s Zionist Vision' with Asaf Shamis

ESRA North Coast - Nahariya

'Theodor Herzl’s Zionist Vision'
A Presentation by Dr. Asaf Shamis of the Political Science Department of Haifa University

Dr. Shamis will present Theodore Herzl in a way that few have seen before. Through long established research methods, ‎Dr. Shamis has pieced together a vision of Theodore Herzl in which the dynamics are long lasting and ‎ever present, especially in the political environment of Israeli Society. His novel approach to this100+ years of history has drawn wide acclaim in academic circles. His new book, The Media ‎Environment of Political Thought, is creating a pleasant stir in the political and academic world.‎

asaf_book.jpgExcept from recent article by ‎Asaf Shamis, Political Science Department, City University of New York, USA
''The journalist as a messiah: journalism, mass-circulation, and Theodor Herzl’s Zionist vision''
This article investigates the relationship between Theodor Herzl’s journalistic career and his Zionist ‎enterprise. Contrary to the received wisdom that Herzl’s post in the Neue Freie Presse had little to do ‎with his Zionist vision, it is argued that his Zionist awakening sprang essentially from his experience as ‎an influential journalist working in the early days of mass-circulation newspapers. It is further shown ‎that once Herzl took up the Zionist cause he made a sophisticated use of mass-circulation newspapers ‎and of his post in the Neue Freie Presse to bring about and propagate his Zionist plan. In the final ‎analysis, it is suggested that Herzl’s position as a leading journalist working in the early days of mass-‎circulation played a key role in shaping his particular strand of political Zionism as well as in securing his ‎initial leadership of the Zionist movement.‎


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