From “Great History” to “Small History”: The Genesis of the Zionist Periodization

  title={From “Great History” to “Small History”: The Genesis of the Zionist Periodization},
  author={Hizky Shoham},
  journal={Israel Studies},
  pages={31 - 55}
The article examines the genesis, in the late 1910s and early 1920s, of the current Zionist periodization, which separated the early decades of Zionist history into distinct immigration waves [Aliyot], and numbered them from the first to the fifth. The anticipated mass immigration to Palestine right after the Balfour Declaration was numbered the “Third Aliya”, following the two biblical immigrations from Babylonia. Later, the linguistic convention of the “Third Aliya” was changed from a long… 
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