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The Star and the StripesA History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews$
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Michael N. Barnett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691165974

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691165974.001.0001

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The Star and the Stripes

Michael N. Barnett

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book immerses itself in the history of American Jews and traces how the American experience shaped the identity of American Jews; how this identity is intertwined with the political theology of Prophetic Judaism; how the political theology accounts for an outward orientation that is more cosmopolitan than tribal; and how this foreign policy orientation shaped American Jews' responses to the Jewish Problem and the Jewish Question. As a work of history, this book is deeply informed by the historical record and draws from memoirs, archives, secondary research, and interviews. As a work of interpretation it is informed by what the social sciences and humanities tell us about the relationships between various kinds of political communities and their relations with others.

Keywords:   American Jews, political identity, Prophetic Judaism, political theology, Jewish Problem, Jewish Question

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