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Historicism, the Holocaust, and Zionism : Critical Studies in Modern Jewish History and Thought - Steven T. Katz

Historicism, the Holocaust, and Zionism

Critical Studies in Modern Jewish History and Thought

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This volume offers a challenging, critical exploration of several of the most elemental and repercussive topics in modern Jewish history and thought. A sequel to Katz's National Jewish Book Award-winning study, Post-Holocaust Dialogues, the work assesses the contemporary Jewish situation by examining three fundamental issues--the problem of historicism, the historical, theological, and phenomenological investigation of the Holocaust, and the contemporary meaning of Zionism. Specifically, Katz focuses on such matters as the role of racial antisemitism in the Weimar Republic, the oft-suggested comparison between the Gulag and Auschwitz, the role of technology in the Holocaust, and the internal dialectic and subtleties of Zionist ideology, among many other subjects. The volume identifies the main issues in the contemporary Jewish intellectual universe and outlines the contours of a larger, more synthetic understanding of contemporary Jewish existence.

"[Of] the 12 well-crafted essays in this volume...the most useful are those dealing with the Holocaust." --Choice "Especially recommended for college-level students of Jewish history and culture." --The Bookwatch

Acknowledgments
Introduction
On Historicism and Eternity: Reflections on the 100th Birthday of Franz Rosenzweigp. 1
Jewish Philosophy in the 1980s: A Diagnosis and Prescriptionp. 27
Abraham Joshua Heschel and Hasidismp. 53
1918 and After: The Role of Racial Antisemitism in the Nazi Analysis of the Weimar Republicp. 74
Quantity and Interpretation--Issues in the Comparative Historical Analysis of the Holocaustp. 105
Auschwitz and the Gulag: Discontinuities and Dissimilaritiesp. 138
Defining the Uniqueness of the Holocaust: Preliminary Clarifications and Disclaimersp. 162
Technology and Genocide: Technology as a "Form of Life"p. 193
"Voluntary Covenant": Irving Greenberg on Faith after the Holocaustp. 225
"The Tremendum": Arthur Cohen's Understanding of Faith after the Holocaustp. 251
Criteria for a Contemporary Zionist Ideologyp. 274
Zionism as an Expression of Jewish Freedomp. 289
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780814746165
ISBN-10: 0814746160
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st February 1992
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.59