Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt and the Paradox of "Non-Nationalist" Nationalism

Eddon, Raluca Munteanu
April 2003
Journal of Jewish Thought & Philosophy (Routledge);Apr2003, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p55
Academic Journal
This article focuses on views of Jewish scholars Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt on non-nationalist nationalism. The idea of non-nationalist nationalism is a paradox. It reflects in a nutshell the dilemma of many German Zionists of Scholem and Arendt's generation that was defined, on one hand, by the rejection of liberal assimilation, on the other hand, harbored an equally strong ambivalence and at times antagonism, towards nationalism. As opponents of liberal assimilation , they turned to Zionism, but as anti-nationalists, they had equally strong misgivings about the idea of Jewish sovereignty.


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