Online Course: Jews and the Left: A History
Date: Feb 07, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Sponsor: Online Learning
An Online Course with Dr. David Fishman
Eight Mondays: February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21; April 4
7:30-8:45 p.m. ET
This course will focus on the relationship between Jews and left-wing politics in Europe, the Land of Israel, and the United States from the French Revolution until the fall of Communism. The political left is usually defined as those movements and ideologies that strive for greater social and economic equality. Jews have often supported such movements when they were poor and the objects of discrimination. But on other occasions, Jews have been targeted by left-wing movements, when Jews were perceived as embodying wealth, power, and the subjugation of others.
Topics will include: the Jewish question in the French and other revolutions; Jewish radicalism in Russia; Socialist Zionism and the labor movement in pre-state Israel; American Jewish liberalism; and leftist attacks on Zionism and Israel, which intensified after 1967.
Dr. David Fishman is a professor of Jewish History.