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Stephen H. Norwood has written the first systematic study of the American far left's role in both propagating and combating antisemitism. This book covers Communists from 1920 onward, Trotskyists, the New Left and its black nationalist allies, and the contemporary remnants of the New Left. Professor Norwood analyzes the deficiencies of the American far left's explanations of Nazism and the Holocaust. He explores far left approaches to militant Islam, from condemnation of its fierce antisemitism in the 1930s to recent apologies for jihad. Norwood discusses the far left's use of long-standing theological and economic antisemitic stereotypes that the far right also embraced. The study analyzes the far left's antipathy to Jewish culture, as well as its occasional efforts to promote it. He considers how early Marxist and Bolshevik paradigms continued to shape American far left views of Jewish identity, Zionism, Israel, and antisemitism.Read more
- Breaks ground in systematically analyzing the American far left's responses to the Holocaust, Zionism, and Israel
- Covers changing far left views of and approaches to radical Islam and Middle Eastern terrorism
- Provides a penetrating examination of the far left's attitudes and policies toward Jewish identity, culture, assimilation, and antisemitism
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'If you've ever wondered why 'do-gooder' is a pejorative label, Stephen H. Norwood's new book, Antisemitism and the American Far Left will enlighten you.' Chicago Jewish StarSee more reviews
'… [a] bracing new book …' Ronald Radosh, Commentary
'Norwood's documentation provides a detailed and useful tool for understanding a[n] under-illuminated aspect of … US anti-Semitism …' Sina Arnold, translated from H-Soz-u-Kult
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- Date Published: August 2013
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107036017
- length: 324 pages
- dimensions: 236 x 158 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- contains: 20 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Promoting a socialism of fools: the new left's debt to the old left
2. American communists' tangled responses to antisemitism and nazism, 1920–39
3. World War II: the limits of American far left concern for European Jewry
4. Assimilation abandoned: communist resistance to antisemitism and celebration of Jewish culture in the immediate postwar period
5. 'Two, four, six, eight, we demand a Jewish state': American communist support for partition and the Jewish war of liberation, 1947–8
6. 'Fiends in human form': taking conspiratorial antisemitism to a new level
7. The Jewish question discarded: far left hostility to Jews and Israel, 1956–73
8. Shaping the next generations: the persistence of far left antisemitism, 1973–2012.
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