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Jabotinsky's Use of National Myths in Political Struggles

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0010

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Jabotinsky's Use of National Myths in Political Struggles

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This chapter focuses on the discussion of the role of political romanticism and national myths in Jabotinsky's youthful weltanschauung (before he became the leader of a political movement), and his use of these elements later on, when the Revisionist movement found itself divided as to how best to wage the struggle for national liberation. It also shows that a duality had long been evident in Jabotinsky's weltanschauung and operative ideology, and in terms of the latter, it was rationalism that tended to prevail.

Keywords: political romanticism; national myths; Jabotinsky; weltanschauung; Revisionist movement; national liberation; operative ideology; rationalism

Chapter.  9297 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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