Judaism, Zionism and Pacifism: Past, Present, Future

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In this chapter, I attempt to explain aspects of traditional, Jewish-religious understandings of pacifism, as developed in the Talmudic and Jewish commentary literature, and the attitudes toward pacifism expressed in the modern Zionist movement in its early phase in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century. My focus in the section on Judaism is capital punishment specifically concerning the rebellious son. Regarding Zionism, I center on Theodor Herzl’s relationship with Bertha von Suttner (Die Waffen nieder) and his success in winning this Nobel-prize winning author and pacifist for the Zionist cause.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPacifism’s Appeal
Subtitle of host publicationEthos, History, Politics
EditorsJorg Kustermans, Tom Sauer, Dominiek Lootens, Barbara Segaert
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783030134273
ISBN (Print)9783030134266
StatePublished - Mar 2019

Publication series

NameRethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
ISSN (Print)1759-3735
ISSN (Electronic)2752-857X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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