A biography of the guiding intellectual of Zionism during the movement's formative years from the 1880s to the 1920s. Ahad Ha'am ("One of the People") was the pen name of Asher Ginzberg (1856-1927), a Russian Jew whose life intersected nearly every important trend and current in contemporary Jewry. A Hebrew essayist of remarkable knowledge and ...Read MoreA biography of the guiding intellectual of Zionism during the movement's formative years from the 1880s to the 1920s. Ahad Ha'am ("One of the People") was the pen name of Asher Ginzberg (1856-1927), a Russian Jew whose life intersected nearly every important trend and current in contemporary Jewry. A Hebrew essayist of remarkable knowledge and skill, through his writings he exerted a rare authority on every controversial topic, from Jewish Nationalism and clericalism to the issue of the Palestinian Arabs. Zipperstein offers a wide-ranging reassessment of Ahad Ha'am's life against the backdrop of his contentious political world. Ha'am is subjected to a penetrating examination of his relations, above all with Zionist leader Theodor Herzl, and with his devotees and opponents alike. Steven J. Zipperstein was awarded the Smilen Prize in Jewish History for "The Jews of Odessa" (1985).Read Less
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Fine in Very Good jacket. 8vo. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. First edition, first printing. 8vo. Cloth binding, 386 pp. A brilliant discussion of the major intellectual leader of Zionism. Dust jacket has fold to front flap and light shelf wear. Fine in very good dust jacket, protected with an archival-quality mylar cover.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-09-13 A leading thinker of the Zionist movement, the restless, reclusive, cynical Asher Ginzberg (1856-1927) was also its chief internal critic. Known by his pen name Ahad Ha'am (``One of the People''), the Russian Jewish activist would accuse his rival, Theodor Herzl, of reckless impatience; in Herzl's view, Ha'am's cautious vision of slowly building a Jewish national homeland was `` cloistered , impractical. '' Ha'am, who emigrated to Tel Aviv in 1922 and served as a moderating voice in a tense, factionalized Palestine, asserted that decent treatment of Palestinian Arabs was crucial to the future of a Jewish state. He was also a critic of the use of aggression as a tool to further nationalist goals. In this engrossing political biography, Zipperstein, director of the Stanford University Jewish Studies program, finds aspects of Ha'am's Zionist credo ``lamentably dated'' but also underscores his contemporary relevance. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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