Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance

Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance

by P. Mendes

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The historical involvement of Jews in the political Left is well known, but far less attention has been paid to the political and ideological factors which attracted Jews to the Left. After the Holocaust and the creation of Israel many lost their faith in universalistic solutions, yet lingering links between Jews and the Left continue to exist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349435579
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Associate Professor Philip Mendes is the Director of the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit in the Department of Social Work at Monash University, Australia, and also holds an Honorary appointment in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. He has been researching Jewish Left history and politics for over 20 years, and is the author or co-author of seven books including The New Left, the Jews and the Vietnam War, 1965-72 (1993), and jointly edited with Geoffrey Brahm Levey, Jews and Australian Politics (2004).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Beginnings of the Jewish Attraction to the Left 2. Anti-Semitism and Support for Jewish Rights: an Analysis of Socialist Attitudes to the Jews 3. Socialism, Zionism and the State of Israel 4. From the Universalist to the Particular: Examining the Extent of Jewish Involvement in the Political Left 5. A Critical Analysis of the Myth of Judeo-Communism 6. The post-World War Two Decline of the Jewish/Left alliance: From the International to the National Solution 7. Exceptions to the Rule: the Continuing Prominence of Left-wing Jews in the Post-World War Two Period 8. Left-wing Jewish Critics of Zionism and Israel 9. Conclusion

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