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Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History

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In this radical reinterpretation of Jewish history, David Biale tackles the myth of Jewish political passivity between the fall of an independent Jewish Commonwealth in 70 C.E. and the rebirth of the state of Israel in 1948. He argues that Jews throughout history demonstrated a savvy understanding of political life; they were neither as powerless as the memory of the ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 12th 1986 by Schocken (first published 1986)
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David Biale explores the myth of Jewish political passivity between the fall of an independent Jewish Commonwealth in 70 C.E., and the rebirth of the state of Israel in 1948. He argues that Jews throughout history demonstrated a savvy understanding of political life; they were neither as powerless as the memory of the Holocaust years would suggest nor as powerful as the contemporary state of Israel would imply.
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