The Jewish Question

The Jewish Question History of a Marxist Debate - Historical Materialism

Paperback (29 Oct 2019) | English

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Synopsis

For figures ranging from Karl Marx to the luminaries of the Frankfurt School, the 'Jewish Question' — a set of problems related to emancipation and anti-Semitism, cultural assimilation and Zionism — raised significant controversies within Marxist theory. Renowned scholar Enzo Traverso carefully reconstructs this intellectual debate that runs over more than a century, discussing both its generative aspects and its blind alleys. In The Jewish Question: History of a Marxist Debate, Traverso explores the causes and the forms of the encounter that took place, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the Holocaust, between the intelligentsia of a cosmopolitan minority and the most radical ideological current of Western modernity. This is the second edition, completely rewritten and updated, of a book already translated into many languages (originally published in French, then translated into English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish).

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Book information

ISBN: 9781642590548
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
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Language: English
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 400g
Height: 153mm
Width: 229mm
Spine width: 15mm