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Jews and Leftist Politics
Judaism, Israel, Antisemitism, and Gender

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  • Editor: Jack Jacobs, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
Jack Jacobs, Michael Walzer, Moishe Postone, Lars Fischer, Anita Shapira, Yoav Peled, Mitchell Cohen, Antony Polonsky, Harvey Klehr, Barbara Alpern Engel, Deborah Hertz, Alice Kessler-Harris, Steven E. Aschheim, Michael Löwy, Uri Ram, Daniel Soyer, Judith Friedlander, Samuel Farber
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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107047860

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  • The relationships, past and present, between Jews and the political left remain of abiding interest to both the academic community and the public. Jews and Leftist Politics contains new and insightful chapters from world-renowned scholars and considers such matters as the political implications of Judaism; the relationships of leftists and Jews; the histories of Jews on the left in Europe, the United States, and Israel; contemporary anti-Zionism; the associations between specific Jews and Communist parties; and the importance of gendered perspectives. It also contains fresh studies of canonical figures, including Gershom Scholem, Gustav Landauer, and Martin Buber, and examines the affiliations of Jews to prominent institutions, calling into question previous widely held assumptions. The volume is characterized by judicious appraisals made by respected authorities, and sheds considerable light on contentious themes.

    • Offers new perspectives on Jews and the Left, making a major contribution to debates on significant topics
    • Sheds light on controversial issues of wide interest including the relationships of anti-Zionism to antisemitism and of Jews to Communist parties
    • Chapters from world-renowned scholars provide readers with a wide-ranging perspective on Jews and the Left
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    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107047860
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jack Jacobs
    Part I. Political Implications of Judaism:
    1. The strangeness of Jewish Leftism Michael Walzer
    Part II. Antisemitism and the Left:
    2. The dualisms of capitalist modernity: reflections on history, the Holocaust, and antisemitism Moishe Postone
    3. Marxism's other Jewish questions Lars Fischer
    Part III. Israel, Zionism, and the Left:
    4. Socialist Zionism and nation building Anita Shapira
    5. Delegitimation of Israel or social-historical analysis? The debate over Zionism as a colonial settler movement Yoav Peled
    6. Does the Left have a Zionist problem? From the general to particular Mitchell Cohen
    Part IV. Jews and Communism:
    7. Jews and Communism in the Soviet Union and Poland Antony Polonsky
    8. Jews and American Communism Harvey Klehr
    Part V. Gendered Perspectives:
    9. Gesia Gelfman: a Jewish woman on the Left in Imperial Russia Barbara Alpern Engel
    10. Manya Schochat and her travelling guns: Jewish radical women from Progrom self-defense to the first Kibbutzim Deborah Hertz
    11. The gender of Jews and the politics of women: a reflection Alice Kessler-Harris
    Part VI. Canonical Figures:
    12. Gershom Scholem and the Left Steven E. Aschheim
    13. The romantic Socialism of Gustav Landauer Michael Löwy
    14. Martin Buber between Left and Right Uri Ram
    Part VII. Case Studies:
    15. The Soviet Union, Jewish concerns, and the New York electoral Left, 1939–44 Daniel Soyer
    16. Jews and the Left at the New School Judith Friedlander
    17. Deutscher and Jews: on the non-Jewish Jew - an analysis and personal reflection Samuel Farber.

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    Jack Jacobs, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
    Jack Jacobs is Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of a number of titles including most recently The Frankfurt School, Jewish Lives, and Antisemitism (Cambridge, 2015). He was a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University in 1996–7, and also served as Fulbright Scholar at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Lithuania in 2009.

    Contributors

    Jack Jacobs, Michael Walzer, Moishe Postone, Lars Fischer, Anita Shapira, Yoav Peled, Mitchell Cohen, Antony Polonsky, Harvey Klehr, Barbara Alpern Engel, Deborah Hertz, Alice Kessler-Harris, Steven E. Aschheim, Michael Löwy, Uri Ram, Daniel Soyer, Judith Friedlander, Samuel Farber

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