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The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews

Michael N. Barnett


How do American Jews envision their role in the world? Are they tribal—a people whose obligations extend solely to their own? Or are they prophetic—a light unto nations, working to repair the world? This book is an interpretation of the effects of these worldviews on the foreign policy beliefs of American Jews since the nineteenth century. The book argues that it all begins with the political identity of American Jews. As Jews, they are committed to their people's survival. As Americans, they identify with, and believe their survival depends on, the American principles of liberalism, religious ... More

Keywords: American Jews, political identity, liberalism, religious freedom, pluralism, prophetic Judaism, nationalism, social justice movements, human rights, humanitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691165974
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691165974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael N. Barnett, author
George Washington University