Mission and Testimony - Political Essays

Isaiah Berlin, in his "Tribute to a Friend", wrote about the historian Jacob L. Talmon (1916-1980): "No m

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Mission and Testimony - Political Essays

Table of contents :

Foreword: Isaiah Berlin – A Tribute to My Friend

Introduction: The Historian as an Intellectual

David Ohana

Jacob L. Talmon’s Political Essays

Part One The Nature of Jewish History

Prophetism and Ideology – The Jewish Presence in History

(The Jerusalem Quarterly, Number 3, Spring 1977).

The Nature of Jewish History – Its Universal Significance

(Published by the Hillel Foundation, London, 1957. The lecture was delivered at the Gustave Tuck Theatre, University College, London, on October 17, 1956, under the chairmanship of the Rt. Hon. Viscount Samuel).

The Jewish Intellectuals in Politics – New Factors in an Ancient Tradition

(Jewish Observer and Middle East Review, Vol. XIV, No. 39, September 24, 1965).

Jews between “Right” and “Left”

(Midstream, Summer 1958; a translation from Hebrew, Ha’aretz, September 25, 1957).

Suggestion for Isolating the Jewish Component in World History

(Midstream, March 1972).

Part Two From Anti-Semitism to the Holocaust

Mission and Testimony – The Universal Significance of Modern Anti-Semitism

(Essays on Human Rights: Contemporary Issues and Jewish Perspectives, ed. David Sidorsky, 1979, Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society of America, pp. 336–359).

The New Anti-Semitism

(The New Republic: A Journal of Politics and the Arts, September 18, 1976).

European History – Seedbed of the Holocaust

(Midstream, May 1973. The lecture was delivered at the Yad Vashem symposium – “The Holocaust and the Rebirth of Israel,” Jerusalem, April 19, 1973).

Part Three Israel between War and Peace

For Total Peace in the Middle East

(International Problems, the quarterly of the Israeli Institute of International Affairs; as “Political Doctrine and Problems of Developing Countries,” Jerusalem, Nov.–Dec. 1967, VI /3–4, pp. 60–68).

Israel and the Arab World

(The Jewish Quarterly 17/3–4 (63–64), Winter 1969).

Domestic and International Politics – A Presentation

(Congress Bi-Weekly, 8/2–3, February 26, 1971, 39–42: following the 8th Annual American–Israel Dialogue, on “Reciprocal Rights and Responsibilities of American and Israeli Jews”).

Reflections of an Historian in Jerusalem

(Encounter, May 1976).

Sadat’s Peace Initiative and Its Aftermath

(The Jewish Quarterly 26/1 (95), Spring 1978).

Part Four Intellectual and Political Debates

The Argument between Arabs and Jews: An Exchange between Arnold Toynbee and J.L. Talmon

(Encounter, October 1967).

An Open Letter to the Minister of Information

(Ma’ariv, September 1969; translated into English and published as A Letter to his Establishment by an Israeli Intellectual by the Arab Information Center, New York, 1969).

The Mideast War – A Rejoinder

(The New York Review, January 24, 1974. In the November 15 issue appeared a statement on the Mideast War signed by twenty-one members of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the November 29 issue Prof. Daniel Amit of The Hebrew University replied in the form of an open letter to Prof. Jacob Talmon, one of the signers of the statement. This essay is Talmon’s rejoinder to Amit).

“The Homeland is in Danger” – An Open Letter to Menahem Begin

(Ha’aretz, 31 March 1980).

Part Five Profiles in History

The Ordeal of Sir Lewis Namier – The Man, the Historian, the Jew

(Commentary 33, 1962).

Andrei Sakharov’s Ordeal

(Midstream, February 1977. This essay was presented as an address to the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities at a celebration in Sakharov’s honor when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.).

Bibliography of J. L. Talmon


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