Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance

Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance

Philip Mendes


The disproportionate old contribution of Jews to the political Left has been good documented. it will probably in reality be argued that from nearly 1848 until 1970, an off-the-cuff political alliance existed among Jews and the political Left. This was once by no means an alliance of all Jews and all Left teams. however it was once an alliance among key sections of the Left and key sections of politically lively Jews at numerous instances and in a number of locations. either companions to this alliance have been inspired through a mixture of pragmatic self-interest and
idealism or altruism.

Philip Mendes'' paintings is the 1st ebook to supply a scientific old and political assessment of the connection among Jews and the Left. It argues that Jews have been interested in the Left via more than a few structural and cultural affects together with poverty and sophistication oppression, anti-Semitic violence and discrimination, Jewish moral teachings, and Left aid for Jewish rights. however, such a lot Jews have been by no means sympathetic to left-wing politics, and an important variety of Jews grew to become sufferers of Communist regimes. both, the following decline of Jewish involvement within the Left might be attributed to rather target components similar to the Holocaust and the construction of the country of Israel which remodeled Jewish dependence from overseas to nationwide forces.

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