Birthrate Politics in Zion: Judaism, Zionism and Modernity in Mandate Palestine

Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman, Haim Watzman (Translator)

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Despite both national and traditional imperatives to have many children, the birthrate of the Jewish community in British Mandate Palestine declined steadily from 1920-1948. During these years Jews were caught in contradictions between political and social objectives, religion, culture, and individual needs. Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman takes a deep and detailed look at these diverse and decisive issues, including births and abortions during this period, the discourse about birthrate, and practical attempts to implement policies to counter the low birthrate. Themes that emerge include the effect of the Holocaust, economics, ethnicity, efforts by public figures to increase birthrate, and the understanding that women in the society were viewed as entirely responsible for procreation. Providing a deep examination of the day-to-day lives of Jewish families in British Mandate Palestine, this book shows how political objectives are not only achieved by political agreements, public debates, and battlefields, but also by the activities of ordinary men, women, and families.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages219
ISBN (Print)9780253028891
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

xv, 219 pages ; סדרה: Perspectives on Israel studies


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