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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 Cosmopolitan and the National

The Cosmopolitan and the National

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(p.121) Chapter Four The Cosmopolitan and the National
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Michael N. Barnett

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691165974.003.0005

This chapter covers the period between World War II and 1967. In many ways 1948 was a decisive moment in the foreign policies of American Jews. This is the year that two different solutions to the Jewish Problem and the Jewish Question took firm institutional shape—the State of Israel and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. American Jews were involved in both developments. In retrospect, two elements stand out in this period. After decades of worrying about the tensions between nationalism and cosmopolitanism, they began to relax. It also is surprising how little the creation of Israel affected American Jewry, and that tepidness stems partly from the fact that American Jews had never been die-hard nationalists.

Keywords:   American Jews, post-war period, Jewish Problem, Jewish Question, Israel, American Jewry, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

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