The Jews

The Jews

by Pierre Vidal-Naquet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231102097

ISBN-13: 9780231102094

Pub. Date: 03/01/1998

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Pierre Vidal-Naquet, internationally celebrated author of Assassins of Memory: Essays on the Denial of the Holocaust, here takes readers on a fascinating journey through key phases of Jewish history over more than two millennia. Drawing on a vast reservoir of historical knowledge, Vidal-Naquet unravels a series of myths and ideologies that have become entangled with…  See more details below

Overview

Pierre Vidal-Naquet, internationally celebrated author of Assassins of Memory: Essays on the Denial of the Holocaust, here takes readers on a fascinating journey through key phases of Jewish history over more than two millennia. Drawing on a vast reservoir of historical knowledge, Vidal-Naquet unravels a series of myths and ideologies that have become entangled with Jewish history over the centuries. The Jews covers subjects as deep in the past as the Jewish encounter with Hellenization in the second century B.C.E., and as current as modern-day Israeli-Palestinian relations. The Jews opens in the classical period, looking in particular at the work of Flavius Josephus, who wrote the original account of the events at Masada. Resisting the powerful currents of ideological orthodoxy, Vidal-Naquet examines what he views as Israeli nationalist distortions of the historical and archaeological record at Masada. In the promotion of an ideal of Jewish unity in the ancient world, he contends, some have chosen to ignore evidence of pluralism, civil strife, and the power of the Diaspora experience in the Jewish past. The book continues with an engaging discussion of the era of Jewish emancipation in Europe, during the French Revolution and thereafter, in which Vidal-Naquet explores the complex meanings of emancipation and assimilation. Employing previously unexamined material written by Alfred Dreyfus himself, he continues with a reevaluation of the Dreyfus affair, the episode of anti-Semitism and betrayal that shook France at the turn of the century. The Jews explores books, films, and eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust, including works by Arno Mayer, Claude Lanzmann, and Primo Levi. The book looks also at a recently published wartime journal by Vidal-Naquet's father, written in the years before he was deported. Vidal-Naquet is equally concerned with the disturbing phenomenon of Holocaust denial, pointing to the question of the gas chambers as central to refuting revisio

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231102094
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
0.76(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Translator's NoteForeward by Paul BermanPreface to the English-Language EditionPart One: Origins and History 1. Forms of Political Activity in the Jewish World, Principally Around the First Century C.E.2. Flavius Josephus and Masada3. Flavius Josephus and the Prophets4. Apropos of ZakhorPart Two: Emancipation and History 5. The Privilege of Liberty6. Dreyfus in the Affair and in History7. Jewish Prism, Marxist PrismPart Three: Destruction, Memory, and the Present 8. The Hero, the Historian, and Choice9. The Historian and the Test of Murder10. The Shoah's Challenge to History11. On an Interpretation of the Great Massacre: Arno Mayer and the 'Final Solution'12. And by the Power of a Word...13. A Wonderful School...14. The Harmonics of Szymon Laks15. Presentation of a Document: The Journal of Attorney Lucien Vidal-NaquetPart Four: History, Memory, and the Present 16. Reflections at the Margins of a Tragedy17. Return to Israel18. 'Inquiry into a Massacre', by Amnon Kapeliouk19. The Anti-Peace ColonistsPart Five: Conclusion 20. Recollections of a Witness: Protestants and Jews Durgaing the Second World War in FranceNotesIndex

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >