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Thinking Through Nationalism and Mysticism: The Tangled Intellectual Biographies of Gershom Scholem and Hans Kohn

Hans Kohn

At a time when Gershom Scholem established the academic study of Jewish mysticism, Hans Kohn pioneered the academic study of nationalism.  The biographies of these intellectual giants intersected in central Europe as Zionists, and later in the Zionist Yishuv, as vocal advocats of binationalism.  Though the failed binationalist attempt led them to diametrically opposed paths, it arguably framed their respective intellectual careers.  

During this presentation, Adi Gordon (Amherst College) will discuss his new publication entitled Toward Nationalism's End: An Intellectual Biography of Hans Kohn, and Amir Engel (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) will discuss his new publication entitled Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography.