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onism and Israel
pub lished in 1971 by H erzl Press. Most o f the
en tr ie s a re sh o r t o r o f m ed ium leng th , m any o f them un s igned .
I t would have been less p re ten t io u s h ad th e ed i to r an d p u b ­
lishers chosen to call it a “L ex icon” o r “D ic tionary” o f Zionism
an d Israe l r a th e r th an an “Encyc loped ia .”
GEOGRAPH ICAL AND H ISTORICAL -GEOGRAPH ICAL
INFORMATION
T h e th re e ed itions o f the
Atlas o f Israel
a re im p o r ta n t sources
no t only fo r the physical an d political g eog raphy o f Israel, bu t
also fo r many facets o f its society an d economy . T h e first ed i­
t io n , in H e b rew , a p p e a r e d in lo o s e - le a f fo rm b e tw e e n
1956-1964; th e second ed ition was pub lished in English in 1970;
an d th e th i rd ed ition , pub lished in 1985, a p p e a re d s im u ltane ­
ously in H eb rew an d English ed itions. Ed ited and p r e p a re d
by Is ra e l’s lead ing g eo g rap h e rs an d c a r to g rap h e rs , the
Atlas
is
an ind ispensab le tool.
T h e past few years have been m a rk ed by an em phasis on
the reg iona l an d local geog raphy o f E re tz-Israe l. Vo lumes o f
essays summ a r iz ing the latest re sea rch have been pub lished , fo r
exam p le , on J u d a e a an d Sam aria , the Negev an d the Galilee.
T h e same is now t ru e in the field o f reg iona l atlases. T h e first
to a p p e a r was the bilingual
Atlas o f Jerusalem,
followed by
Atlas
o f Haifa and Mount Carmel
(Hebrew ) an d most recen tly ,
Atlas
o f the Negev
(Hebrew ).
Encyclopedias, gu ides an d d ic tionaries dea ling with the his­
torical geog raphy o f Israe l have always en joyed g re a t p o p u la r ­
ity. We shall lim it o u r desc r ip tion to exam p les o f those p u b ­
lished d u r in g the pas t two decades.
Ze’ev V ilnay’s one -m an u n d e r ta k in g ,
Ariel: An Encyclopedia o f
Eretz-Israel
(Hebrew ), is by fa r the most p o p u la r , fo u n d in th o u ­
sands o f Israeli hom es an d libraries. N ine o f th e ten volumes
pub lished to d a te p rov ide in fo rm a tion on sites in E retz-Israe l.
O n e m us t b ea r in m ind th a t Vilnay, who passed away in J a n u a ry
1988, gave p re fe re n ce to
historical
in fo rm a tion . T h u s , the tex t
o f th e en try fo r “H a r T ikva” (the sho rt-lived “M oun t H o p e ”
colony fo u n d e d by Am erican m illena rians in what is today p a r t
o f th e city o f Tel-Aviv) is a t least th re e times th e leng th o f th a t
fo r Herzliya, bo th in vo lume I I (1974). T h is was rec tified only
in vo lum e IX (1982 ), th e s u p p lem e n ta ry vo lum e , w h e re