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Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History - David Biale

Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History

Paperback Published: 1st December 1987
ISBN: 9780805208412
Number Of Pages: 224

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In this radical reinterpretation of Jewish history, David Biale tackles the myth of Jewish political passivity between the fall of an independent Jewish Commonwealth in 70 C.E. and the rebirth of the state of Israel in 1948. He argues that Jews throughout history demonstrated a savvy understanding of political life; they were neither as powerless as the memory of the Holocaust years would suggest nor as powerful as the as the contemporary state of Israel would imply.

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"The most important point of David Biale's valuable study is that Jewish political history extends across the centuries of the Diaspora; it is a continuous history, not one cut off at the fall of the Second Jewish Commonwealth. Biale is especially good at evoking the internal life of those autonomous or semi-autonomous communities within which the political sensibility of contemporary Jews first took shape." --Michael Walzer "A relevant and studious book that should interest readers of Jewish history or anyone interested in Israel's place in today's world. --Booklist

"His succinct, thoroughly researched, insightful arguments . . . are sure to spark controversy." --Publisher's Weekly Biale's work demonstrates the best of contemporary Jewish scholarship. Historically informed and critically based, it is a brave work attacking a metahistory of the Jewish people and unmasking propagandists and those who would mystify rather than write truth." --Jewish Exponent

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Crisis of Jewish Ideologyp. 3
Sovereignty and Imperialism in Antiquityp. 10
The Political Theory of the Diasporap. 34
Corporate Power in the Middle Agesp. 58
Absolutism and Enlightenmentp. 87
Between Haskalah and Holocaustp. 118
Israel and the Meaning of Modern Sovereigntyp. 145
American Jews and Contemporary Diaspora Powerp. 177
Epilogue: The Political Legacy of Jewish Historyp. 206
Notesp. 211
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9780805208412
ISBN-10: 0805208410
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st December 1987
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: New edition

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