The Lions' Den

The Lions' Den

Zionism and the Left From Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky

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In this history of the political Left, cultural critic Susie Linfield investigates how eight twentieth-century intellectuals struggled with the philosophy of Zionism, and then with Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world. Constructed as a series of interrelated portraits that combine the personal and the political, the book includes philosophers, historians, journalists, and activists such as Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, I.F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. In their engagement with Zionism, these thinkers also wrestled with the twentieth century's most crucial political dilemmas: socialism, nationalism, democracy, colonialism, terrorism, and anti-Semitism. In other words, in probing Zionism, they confronted the very nature of modernity and the often catastrophic histories of our time. By examining these leftist intellectuals, Linfield also seeks to understand how the contemporary Left has become focused on anti-Zionism and how Israel itself has moved rightward.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780300222982
Branch Call Number: 296.38 L75L
Characteristics: viii, 389 pages ; 25 cm


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