Jacob Talmon

Combining histories and presents

By Amikam Nachmani

Jacob Talmon


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8572-7
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £70.00
  • Published Date: August 2012
  • BIC Category: Political science & theory, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Politics


Jacob Talmon: Combining histories and presents is not the biography of a historian. Rather, it is a discourse on a mind tormented by fear of the masses as well as the mistakes of the leadership. Talmon often applied his views on contemporary events and trends to his own actions as a humanist and historian. The changing role of the university, the decline of the liberal arts in favour of technology and the social sciences and the displacement of humanism by the market economy were of particular concern. His brilliant and paradoxically prophetic interactions with Arnold Toynbee, David Ben-Gurion, and Menahem Begin have been vindicated by the very history he sought to avoid. This new work in the English language makes Talmonic wisdom available for the first time to a much larger audience


Amikam Nachmani is Chair in the Political Studies Department at Bar Ilan University


1. On the university
2. On Judaism and Jewishness: A sharp critique and outstanding praise
3. On 'the idea of the university'
4. On the 'universal empire of spirit' to the 'the republics of knowledge'
5. On the German intellectual spirit and the modern university
6. On the university and democracy
7. On political involvement: From the Lavon affair to McCarthyism and beyond
8. On the reshaping of the university for the twenty-first century 9. Three historians, one conflict: Jacob Talmon, Arnold Toynbee and Menahem Begin, and the Arab-Israeli dispute
Part One: Talmon and Toynbee Part Two: Talmon and Menahem Begin
Conclusion: On Talmon and his historiography - the art of pursuing unequivocalness through duality

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