In his new book in search of israel the history of an idea princeton university press 2018 professor michael brenner a historian of jews and of israel who teaches both at ludwig maximilian university of munich and at american university in washington dc offers a history of the zionist idea . In search of israel is a major new history of this struggle from the late nineteenth century to our time when theodor herzl convened the first zionist congress in 1897 no single solution to the problem of normalizing the jewish people emerged. Michael brenners newest book in search of israel the history of an idea explores the contradictory challenge israel faces in striving to simultaneously be a nation like all others as well as a light unto the nationsbrenner studies this paradox by leading the reader through zionisms . The renowned sociologist zygmunt bauman a refugee from the anti semitic campaign in communist poland during the 1960s and subsequently a professor at the university of leeds popularised the term allosemitism. Brenners in search of israel the history of an idea chronicles the competing ambitions to preserve and nourish jews and judaism in safety embraced by an array of jewish thinkers and leaders from the late 19th century into the present
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