Cult, Ghetto And State by Maxime Rodinson

By Maxime Rodinson

Jewish experiences, Maxime Rodinson writes in Cult, Ghetto and nation: The patience of the Jewish query, has been a box during which ideological delirium has lengthy had almost loose rein. during this choice of vigorous and provocative essays, he attempts to redress the stability, bringing his amazing services and sharp wit to endure on Jewish difficulties previous and current:

How have the Jews survived all through heritage? Do they represent a non secular group, a humans, a nationality? What are the ideological foundations of Zionism? Is anti-Semitism a special and everlasting phenomenon, or does it percentage beneficial properties with other kinds of oppression? How has the institution of the country of Israel replaced the character of the 'Jewish question'? What are the underlying purposes for the Arab rejection of Israel, and to what quantity are they, too, encumbered with ideological distortions?

In addressing those questions, Rodinson's major situation is to prevent any type of ethnocentrism, struggle anti-Semitism with no denying the truth of Jewish affliction and protect the valid grievances of Arabs with no succumbing to the comforting myths of Arab nationalism.

This publication additionally includes a bitingly candid self-criticism of the author's twenty-one years within the Communist flow. In it, he extends his critique of Stalinism to all ideological structures - between them Zionism and systematized anti-Communism - which, he argues, convey related highbrow constructions and bring about comparable aberrations. A looking attention of the connection among political engagement and highbrow honesty, Rodinson exposes the internal workings of the French Communist social gathering within the Nineteen Fifties yet both denounces the 'creeping Stalinism' of conservative conformism.

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