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Museums in general and history museums, in particular, have a significant role in the development, strengthening, and consolidation of national identity. In Israel, much of this identity is based on the myth of the army as a "melting pot". This so-called “melting-pot” is where citizens from different cultural backgrounds and different religious affiliations or immigrants and second-class citizens undergo a process of assimilation and become part of hegemonic society. Because of this, I believe a critical contemplation on historical military museums in Israel can shed light on the logic behind the narrative of the state. These ideas formulate the basis for Ilya Rabinovich’s photographic research project, which examines nine different military historical museums around the country and underscores the mechanisms that allow them to tell their story.

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Museutopia; Chapter 2 – Military Museums in Israel

Museums in general and history museums, in particular, have a significant role in the development, strengthening, and consolidation of national identity. In Israel, much of this identity is based on the myth of the army as a "melting pot". This so-called “melting-pot” is where citizens from different cultural backgrounds and different religious affiliations or immigrants and second-class citizens undergo a process of assimilation and become part of hegemonic society. Because of this, I believe a critical contemplation on historical military museums in Israel can shed light on the logic behind the narrative of the state. These ideas formulate the basis for Ilya Rabinovich’s photographic research project, which examines nine different military historical museums around the country and underscores the mechanisms that allow them to tell their story.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

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