A Clash of Heroes: Brandeis, Weizmann, and American Zionism

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byBen Halpern

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Chaim Weizmann, steeped in the folk culture of the East European shtetl and the humanistic science of Central and Western Europe, was the ambassador of the Jewish people to the English-speaking world. Louis D. Brandeis, on the other hand, was known as the true exponent of Anglo-American civicculture who gave his leadership at a critical moment to the American and world Jewish community. A Clash of Heroes studies the conflict between these two dominant personalities, each of whom has been hailed by devoted followers as the hero of a crucial era in recent Jewish history. Halpern setsthe meeting, collaboration, and sharp conflict between these two men against the shifting background of a world at war and the shaky travail of revolution and reconstruction in the early 20th century. Through a comparison of two exemplary figures in Jewish leadership, Halpern paints an enthrallingportrait of 20th-century Zionism and illuminates the complex relationships between leaders and the public and between Jewish nationalism and its extended environment.

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Ben Halpern studies the rift between Washington and Pinsk. Setting the meeting, collaboration, and clash between these two men against the shifting background of a world at war and the shaky travail of revolution and reconstruction, this insightful synthesis of biography and history paints an enthralling portrait of 20th- century Zioni...

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Chaim Weizmann, steeped in the folk culture of the East European shtetl and the humanistic science of Central and Western Europe, was the ambassador of the Jewish people to the English-speaking world. Louis D. Brandeis, on the other hand, was known as the true exponent of Anglo-American civicculture who gave his leadership at a critic...

Ben Halpern is at Brandeis University (Emeritus).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195040627

ISBN - 13:9780195040623

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Ben Halpern studies the rift between Washington and Pinsk. Setting the meeting, collaboration, and clash between these two men against the shifting background of a world at war and the shaky travail of revolution and reconstruction, this insightful synthesis of biography and history paints an enthralling portrait of 20th- century Zionism and illuminates the complex relationship between leaders and the public and between Jewish nationalism and its extended environment.

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"[An] interesting and informative study."--Jewish Chronicle