Public lecture by Yakov Rabkin “Marxism and Zionism: A Complex Relationship” (April 25, 2018)



NaUKMA Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Department of History and MA in Jewish Studies Program, Université de Montréal, and Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies invite to a public lecture by Yakov Rabkin “Marxism and Zionism: A Complex Relationship”.

Zionism and Marxism used to have an intricate and multifaceted relationship. While Zionist diplomats would present their movement as an antidote against Marxism before world leaders (such as Churchill), it was a combination of diverse Marxist groups that accomplished most of the initial Zionist settlement of Palestine. Collectivist ethos, assertive egalitarianism and glorification of physical labour served as main ideological pillars of the Zionist enterprise throughout the first half of its history. Marxism was a convenient tool for settling Zionist pioneers in a hostile environment. In other words, Zionism used Marxism when needed and discarded it when another ideology, National Judaism, came to provide a new conceptual rationale for colonization in the wake of the Israeli victory in 1967.

Yakov M. Rabkin is Professor of History at the Université de Montréal. His areas of interest include contemporary Jewish history and the history of science. Rabkin’s bestseller “A Threat from Within: A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism” (2006) is now available in fifteen languages. His most recent book is “What is Modern Israel?” (2016). He is also co-editor of “Demodernization: A Future in the Past” due to be published later this year.

The public lecture will take place on
April 25, 2018

Venue: Office of the NaUKMA Jewish Studies programs (Kyiv, Voloska Street 8/5, building 5, basement).

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The lecture is carried out in the framework of the cooperation between the UdeM and the NaUKMA.