Einstein Before Israel: Zionist Icon or Iconoclast?

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"Ze'ev Rosenkranz's careful and highly readable exploration of Einstein's encounters with his Jewish identity opens surprising windows not only into the life and mind of the twentieth century's most famous scientist, but also into the history of Zionism, the founding of Hebrew University, and the tumultuous history of British Palestine."--Michael Gordin, Princeton University

"Rosenkranz has written the definitive book on an extremely important part of Einstein's life and work, but one that is, curiously and ...

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Overview

"Ze'ev Rosenkranz's careful and highly readable exploration of Einstein's encounters with his Jewish identity opens surprising windows not only into the life and mind of the twentieth century's most famous scientist, but also into the history of Zionism, the founding of Hebrew University, and the tumultuous history of British Palestine."--Michael Gordin, Princeton University

"Rosenkranz has written the definitive book on an extremely important part of Einstein's life and work, but one that is, curiously and sadly, given scant attention in the existing literature. Einstein Before Israel tells the story of Einstein's evolving relationship with the Zionist movement in a detailed and richly contextualized way. The Einstein who emerges from these pages is a complicated figure, part naf and part sophisticated political actor."--Don Howard, University of Notre Dame

"Rosenkranz reveals an ambivalence in Einstein's struggles with his Jewish identity, and calls into question the frequent attribution to Einstein of a fervent Zionist ideology. The scholarship is impeccable. There really is nothing out there to compete with this book."--Robert Schulmann, coeditor of Einstein on Politics

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Editorial Reviews

Organiser
It is a welcome study as the man fascinates—whether as a scientist or as an activist.
— R. Balashankar
Choice
Few individuals can be as qualified to write about the outlook on the world of Albert Einstein—the man rather than the scientist—as Rosenkranz. Senior editor of the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech and former curator of the Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University, the author single-mindedly treats an understudied aspect of the great man's loyalties regarding his Jewish identity and the Zionist movement.
Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

Rosenkranz had exceptional access to archival materials enabling him to disentangle the complexity of Einstein's exposure to the development of Zionist thought as he interacted with many of its movement's leaders. . . . This is an essential component to an overall intellectual biography of Einstein's personal development and unique attachment to Zionism and an essential addition to an academic collection and worthy for selected synagogue libraries.
— Sanford R. Silverburg

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter Reviews
Rosenkranz had exceptional access to archival materials enabling him to disentangle the complexity of Einstein's exposure to the development of Zionist thought as he interacted with many of its movement's leaders. . . . This is an essential component to an overall intellectual biography of Einstein's personal development and unique attachment to Zionism and an essential addition to an academic collection and worthy for selected synagogue libraries.
— Sanford R. Silverburg
Organiser - R. Balashankar
It is a welcome study as the man fascinates—whether as a scientist or as an activist.
Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews - Sanford R. Silverburg
Rosenkranz had exceptional access to archival materials enabling him to disentangle the complexity of Einstein's exposure to the development of Zionist thought as he interacted with many of its movement's leaders. . . . This is an essential component to an overall intellectual biography of Einstein's personal development and unique attachment to Zionism and an essential addition to an academic collection and worthy for selected synagogue libraries.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012

"It is a welcome study as the man fascinates--whether as a scientist or as an activist."--R. Balashankar, Organiser

"Few individuals can be as qualified to write about the outlook on the world of Albert Einstein--the man rather than the scientist--as Rosenkranz. Senior editor of the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech and former curator of the Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University, the author single-mindedly treats an understudied aspect of the great man's loyalties regarding his Jewish identity and the Zionist movement."--Choice

"Rosenkranz had exceptional access to archival materials enabling him to disentangle the complexity of Einstein's exposure to the development of Zionist thought as he interacted with many of its movement's leaders. . . . This is an essential component to an overall intellectual biography of Einstein's personal development and unique attachment to Zionism and an essential addition to an academic collection and worthy for selected synagogue libraries."--Sanford R. Silverburg, Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691144122
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2011
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Ze'ev Rosenkranz is senior editor at the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology and a former curator of the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include "The Einstein Scrapbook".

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations ix
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1: "A Vivid Sense of Strangeness" 9
Einstein's Path to the Zionist Movement
Chapter 2: A Different Kind of Nationalism 46
Einstein's Induction and Mobilization into the Zionist Movement
Chapter 3: The "Prize-Winning Ox" in "Dollaria" 86
Einstein's Fundraising Trip to the United States in 1921
Chapter 4: S ecular Pilgrim or Zionist Tourist? 139
Einstein's Tour of Palestine in 1923
Chapter 5: The "Botched University" 181
Einstein's Involvement in the Hebrew University, 1924-1929
Chapter 6: "A Genuine Symbiosis" 209
Einstein on the 1929 Clashes in Palestine
Chapter 7: The "Bug-Infested House" 230
Einstein's Involvement in the Hebrew University, 1930-1933
Conclusion 252
Epilogue 270
Notes 275
Bibliography 313
Index 337
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