Power & Powerlessness in Jewish History

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Pub. Date: 1986-11-10
Publisher(s): Schocken
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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 contemporary state of Israel would imply. Book jacket.

Author Biography

David Biale is the Koret Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

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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