Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn - The Modern Jewish Experience (Paperback)Noam Pianko (author)
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Today, Zionism is understood as a national movement whose primary historical goal was the establishment of a Jewish state. However, Zionism's association with national sovereignty was not foreordained. Zionism and the Roads Not Taken uncovers the thought of three key interwar Jewish intellectuals who defined Zionism's central mission as challenging the model of a sovereign nation-state: historian Simon Rawidowicz, religious thinker Mordecai Kaplan, and political theorist Hans Kohn. Although their models differed, each of these three thinkers conceived of a more practical and ethical paradigm of national cohesion that was not tied to a sovereign state. Recovering these roads not taken helps us to reimagine Jewish identity and collectivity, past, present, and future.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
[S]uccessful and stimulating . . . .96.4 Dec. 2010 * American Jewish History *
Pianko succeeds in presenting an interesting and valuable book that will stimulate discussions on the history of the Zionist narrative and the future of Jewish political thought. Though these Zionist roads may not have been taken, Noam Pianko has done a noteworthy job in marking those roads for future scholars in Jewish studies. * transversal *
[A] well-researched intellectual history of Zionism without a state of Israel, of Jewish nationalism without the presumption of political sovereignty. Pianko focuses on three important thinkers of the interwar period, who have been lost to the canonical intellectual history of Zionism that goes from Herzl and Nordau to Ben Gurion and Jabotinsky. * Shofar *
[The book] is a timely and ambitious attempt to unearth approaches to Zionism that sought to embrace the concept of Jewish nationhood outside of the purely statist model. * American Jewish Archives Journal *
[A] fine addition to the scholarly debate about the history of Jewish nationalism, one that helps the reader understand the rich potential that nationalism has held for Jews beyond simply supporting the idea of a Jewish state.July, 2011 * H-Judaic *
[T]here is certainly much food for thought in these pages. * The Journal of Israeli History *
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