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A vivid presentation of one of France's most dynamic and original thinkers....With sources ranging from classical texts to contemporary films and Holocaust testimonies, and enhanced by fascinating linguistic, philosophical, and political asides, Vidal-Naquet's book maintains a firm balance between textual criticism and analytic rigor, open inquiry and moral fervor, French republicanism and liberal ideals, Jewish tradition and universal values.
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
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