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Jews and Leftist Politics
  • Edited by Jack Jacobs, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
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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.

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'This is an admirable and diverse set of essays which provides considerable food for thought - a real contribution to an understanding of the relationship between Jews and leftist politics.'

Colin Shindler Source: Fathom

'The topics covered range from reflections on modernity and capitalism, socialist Zionism, Jews and Communism in the Soviet Union and Poland, and Jews and American Communism to radical Jewish women in Imperial Russia. They include focused discussions on Gershom Scholem, Gustav Landauer, Martin Buber, Isaac Deutscher, the electoral left in New York during World War II, and Jewish contributions to the New School for Social Research.'

Juliana Geran Pilon Source: Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

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