Toward Nationalism's End: An Intellectual Biography of Hans Kohn

Toward Nationalism's End: An Intellectual Biography of Hans Kohn

by Adi Gordon

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512600872
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


ADI GORDON is an assistant professor of history at Amherst College. He is the author of In Palestine: In a Foreign Land and the editor of Brith Shalom and Bi-National Zionism: “The Arab Question” as a Jewish Question.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments • Introduction • PART 1: AUTHENTICITY AND POLITICAL RUIN, 1908–1920 • A Turning Inward: Kohn’s Youth in Multinational Late Habsburg Prague • “The Decisive Years”: The Great War and the Waning of Imperial World Order • PART 2: SEPARATING NATION AND STATE, 1919–1934 • To Tame Empire, Nation, and Man: Political Agenda in the 1920s • Nation and State in Kohn’s Scholarship and Jewish Thought • “A Disillusioned Love”: Break with Zionism • PART 3: AN AFFIRMING FLAME, 1933–1971 • “The Totalitarian Crisis” and “the Last Best Hope”: Catastrophic Americanization and Breakthrough • Nationalism in the American Century • Coda: The Endurance of Kohn’s Jewish Question • Afterword • Notes • Abbreviations • Archives • Index

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David A. Hollinger

“Wonderfully detailed and fair-minded. . . . Gordon helps us as no other scholar has to recognize the impulses and anxieties that drove Kohn’s explorations.”

John A. Hall

“Unpacks the ideas of the most influential theorist of nationalism. . . . A major essay in intellectual history.”

Paul Mendes-Flohr

“In this elegant biographical portrait of Hans Kohn, a doyen of the academic study of nationalism, Adi Gordon highlights Kohn’s personal intellectual and existential struggle with the distinctively modern concept of nationalism, particularly as it informed Jewry’s self-understanding. Kohn’s life and letters are, thus, in effect, a mirror of Jewry’s struggle with the ethical and political challenge of Zionism and its nationalist agenda and conception of Jewish peoplehood.”

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