Jacob Talmon

Polish-born Israeli historian; Professor of Modern History; studied Cold War and totalitarianism; anti-Marxist

Jacob Leib Talmon (Hebrew: יעקב טלמון; June 14, 1916June 16, 1980) was Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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The Myth of the Nation and the Vision of Revolution: The Origins of Ideological Polarization in the 20th Century (1981)Edit

The Myth of the Nation and the Vision of Revolution: The Origins of Ideological Polarization in the 20th Century (1981), University of California Press

  • Sorel the Dreyfusard eventually developed into a bitter anti-semite, calling upon Europe to defend itself against the Jewish peril in the same way as America fought the Yellow peril; he blamed the Chekist terror on the Jewish members of the Bolshevik party.
    • p. 474
  • Fascism presented itself not only as an alternative, but also as the heir to socialism. The original revolutionary dynamism of socialism was inspired by a universal creed poised to achieve an international revolutionary breakthrough. Once it succumbed to reformism, its internationalism changed from a militant crusade designed to change the world into simple bourgeois pacifism to be blown to the winds when emotional, idealistic and practical movements storm the hearts of peoples.
    • p. 501

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