Beginnings of Israeli Right

8 November 2016 - 5 PM

Jan Zouplna (Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences)

English Česky

The genealogy of the Israeli right wing is very complex indeed. From the 1920s to the 1940s the right wing was a loosely defined alliance ranging from intellectuals who were demanding the democratization of public life all the way to paramilitary units that included political terrorism in their programme. The ideas of the right wing included plans for the full integration of the Jewish national homeland in the British Empire and also appeals for the expulsion of the British from the Palestine. In this lecture, Jan Zouplna considers the reasons for such radical antagonisms within the movement, and the extent to which the situation after May 1945 reflected conflicts before the Second World War. He asks to what extent one may legitimately talk about continuity within the Zionist and the Israeli right wing, and he examines the differences between the recent scholarship and the established historiography on this question.


Modern Jewish History Seminar

The seminar is intended to provide a platform for academic discussion about the latest research on Jewish history especially of the last three centuries. Though primarily focused on the Jews of central and east central Europe, the seminar also includes topics related to the Jews of other regions. The seminar is further enriched by including topics not directly concerned with Jews, but enabling one to see Jewish history from other perspectives (for instance, the perspective of other marginalized communities).

Despite our preference for the methods of historical research, the organizers welcome multidisciplinary approaches to the topics, including those of sociology, political science, religious studies, and art history.

The seminar is held in the library of CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1 always at 5:30 p.m. The language of the seminar is English. The seminar is organized by Kateřina Čapková and Michal Frankl. Since 2018/2019 the seminar is included into the MA program of the Prague Center for Jewish Studies at the Charles University. Due to Michal Frankl’s stay abroad this academic year, all the questions and suggestions should be sent to Kateřina Čapková (