Class Struggle and the Jewish Nation: Selected Essays in Marxist Zionism (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers - History - 218 pages
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This volume contains the first broad selection of essays made available in English by Ber Borochov, one of the leading intellectuals of the early Zionist movement. Borochov founded the Labor Zionist party in 1906, and was the pillar of the Israeli Labor party from whose ranks arose such figures as David Ben-Gurion and Itzhak Ben-Tsvi. He is best remembered for his ability to synthesize socialism and nationalism.

Borochov argues that early Marxist theory failed to understand the causes of nationalism and views it only as a temporary phenomenon. Borochov tried to synthesize socialism with Jewish nationalism. Zionism was a movement necessary to free oppressed Eastern European Jews and permit them to further socialist ideals in their own nation-state. The dilemma is that socialist internationalism requires national culture to be of no further value once a socialist victory occurs in a country. Borochov's essays provide an important, if largely unknown perspective on these questions.

  

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Contents

On Questions of Zionist Theory
35
The National Question and the Class Struggle
51
Our Platform
75
The Jubilee of the Jewish Labor Movement
105
AntiZionist Front
111
Jewish AntiSemitism
123
Difficulties of Poale Zionism
129
The Aims of Yiddish Philology
135
Healthy and Sick Socialism
163
The Economic Development of the Jewish People
167
The Terrorist and the Shomer
179
Reminiscences On the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the Poale Zion in Russia 190616
183
At the Cradle of Zionist Socialism
187
A Lieberman Father of Jewish Socialism
191
Facing Reality
197
Eretz Israel in Our Program and Tactics
201

Hebraismus Militans
143
National Helplessness versus National SelfHelp
147
Two Currents in Poale Zionism
151
The Socialism of Poale Zion Here
155
Declaration to the HollandoScandinavian Socialist Committee Submitted by the Jewish Socialist Labor Confederation Poale Zion
205
Glossary
215
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