Ira Katznelson

Ira Katznelson is Loeb Professor of Political Science at the New School for Social Research, New York. His Marxism and the City will be published by Oxford next year.

Moshé Machover rejects the appellation ‘Shoah’, arguing that the term’s ‘borrowed usage’ was propelled by the ‘Zionist propaganda’ of Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah; that the use of a Hebrew word for the Holocaust constitutes a ‘subliminal terminological connection between the genocide of Jews and the state of Israel’; and that most European Jewish victims ‘were not familiar with...

Arafat’s Palestine

5 September 1996

The volley of letters by Said, Laor, Levi and Bilgrami, and Shahak, responding to four questions I posed, respectfully I had hoped, to Edward Said, curiously holds me responsible for the uncritical qualities of American Zionism (nowhere did I embrace all its positions or enthusiasms), the chequered history of British and Israeli Labour Party views about Palestinians since the Forties (Shahak’s version...

Hitler in Jakarta

Ira Katznelson, 7 November 1991

May 20 is marked each year in Indonesia as the Day of National Awakening. It commemorates the founding in 1908 of Budi Utomo, a nationalist organisation created by Javanese in their late teens and early twenties at the Western-type medical school in Batavia, colonial capital of the Netherlands Indies. These founders were drawn from a tiny protoélite, numbering just over a thousand, who had been educated at Dutch-language primary schools. Budi Utomo’s leader, an East Javanese named Soetomo, soon became a significant nationalist intellectual. Late in life, he wrote Kenang-Kenangan (Memories), the first autobiography of its kind in Indonesia.

Destiny v. Democracy: The New Deal

David Runciman, 25 April 2013

The New Deal was fracturing, but the impetus behind it was far from over. One of the distinctive features of Ira Katznelson’s book is that he sees the New Deal period as extending well beyond the 1930s....

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