The Tel Aviv Review

A City in Text

Dr Yair Wallach discusses the changing nature and meaning of text – from stone inscriptions to street names to business cards – in Jerusalem of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

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The Many Faces of Edward Said

Timothy Brennan’s new biography of Edward Said, the feted Palestinian-American scholar, explores the different aspects of a quintessential 20th-century intellectual

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Climate Change: A Middle Eastern Perspective

Prof. Dan Rabinowitz discusses the role of the Middle East as both a major generator and a primary victim of climate change

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How Revolutionary Was Israel’s ‘Constitutional Revolution’?

Prof. Amichai Cohen explains the changing role of the High Court of Justice in maintaining the checks and balances of Israeli democracy

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Governance vs. Governability: More Than Just Semantics

How did governance and governability become a partisan issue? And what is the role of the public service in safeguarding the will of the people?

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The Naked Truth

We take a detour to follow the path of American nudists (intellectually). From the late 19th century to the prudish post-war years, through to the let-loose sexual revolution, historian Sarah Schrank reveals all, in her book “Free and Natural: Nudity and the American Cult of the Body”

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Are All Undemocratic Autocrats Autocratic In Their Own Way?

The putative omnipotence of Vladimir Putin has led many to view Russia as a uniquely autocratic country. Timothy M. Frye argues that Russia is neither completely unique, nor primordially prone to strongman leadership – the explanations are far more complex

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This Land Is My Land, It Isn’t Your Land

A historian’s hunch led Nancy MacLean to the archives of James McGill Buchanan, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who also incidentally became the patron saint of the Koch brothers. Her book sparked a controversy as deep as her subjects

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Poland’s Hunting Season

Polish-Canadian historian, Prof. Jan Grabowski, discusses Jewish-Polish relations during the Nazi occupation, as well as the politics of memory in contemporary Poland and how he has been personally affected by it

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From Babylon to Jerusalem and Back

David N Myers and Benjamin Ravid discuss the life and work of Simon Rawidowicz, a seminal, albeit somewhat forgotten, 20th-century Jewish intellectual, upon the publication of an edited volume of his selected writings

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