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Arie M. Dubnov

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Arie M. Dubnov is a historian of twentieth century Jewish and Israeli history, with emphasis on the history of political thought, the study of nationalism, decolonization and partition politics, and with a subsidiary interest in the history of Israeli popular culture. Prior to his arrival at GW, Dubnov taught at Stanford University and the University of Haifa. In 2014 he was a participant in the National History Center’s International Decolonization Seminar, and in 2016 he was awarded the Dorset Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and a was Visiting Scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford. Among his publications are the intellectual biography Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal (Palgrave Macmillan US, 2012), the edited volume Zionism – A View from the Outside (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010 [in Hebrew]), seeking to put Zionist history in a larger comparative trajectory, and numerous essays published essays in Nations & NationalismModern Intellectual HistoryThe Journal of Israeli History and more. His current research project seeks to trace the genealogy of the idea of partition in the British interwar Imperial context, and to uncover other alternative, neglected federalist political schemes that were circulating at the time. (Complete C.V.)



Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012), 316pp.

Zionism – A View from the Outside, editor (with Florsheim, Ella and Tsirkin-Sadan, Raphael),  (Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute and the Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel, Hebrew University, 2010), 124 pp. [In Hebrew]

Peer Reviewed Articles:
- "Notes on the Zionist passage to India, or: The analogical imagination and its boundaries," Journal of Israeli History, vol. 35, no. 2  (2016), 1–39.
- "From Hilberg to Arendt (and back?): A few comments on The Destruction of the European Jews and the Banality of Evil," Tabur: Yearbook for European History, Society and Thought (The Richard Koebner Center, Hebrew University), vol. 7 (2017), 54–62.  [in Hebrew].
- "Jewish Nationalism in the wake of World War I: A ‘State-in-the-Making’ or The Empire Strikes Back?," Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel, vol. 24 (2016), 5–36 [in Hebrew].
- "The Missing Beat Generation: Coming of Age and Nostalgism in Arik Einstein’s Music," Jewish Social Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 (2015), 43–88.
- "‘Those New Men of the Sixties’: Nihilism in the Liberal Imagination." Rethinking History, vol. 17, no. 1 (2013), 18-40.
- "What is Jewish (if anything) about Isaiah Berlin's political philosophy?," Religions (special issue: Between Religion and Ethnicity: Twentieth-Century Jewish Émigrés and the Shaping of Postwar Culture), vol. 3, no. 2 (2012), 289–319.
- "Zionism on the Diasporic Front," The Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture, vol. 30, no. 2 (2011), 211–224.
- "Anti-Cosmopolitan Liberalism: Isaiah Berlin, Jacob Talmon and the Dilemma of National Identity," Nations and Nationalism, vol. 16, no. 4 (2010), 559–578.
- Jacob Talmon and Totalitarianism Today: Legacy and Revision, special issue of History of European Ideas, vol. 34 no. 2 (2008).
- "Between Liberalism and Jewish Nationalism: Young Isaiah Berlin on the Road towards Diaspora Zionism," Modern Intellectual History, vol. 4, no. 2 (2007), 303–326.

Chapters in books:
- "Diaspora, Jewishness, and Difference in Isaiah Berlin’s Thought," in Brian Smollett and Christian Wiese (eds.), Reappraisals and New Studies of the Modern Jewish Experience: Essays in honor of Robert M. Seltzer (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2015), 208–234.
- "‘True Art Makes for the Integration of The Race’: Israel Zangwill and the Varieties of the Jewish Normalization Discourse in fin-de-siècle Britain," in Geoffrey Alderman (ed.), New Directions in Anglo-Jewish History (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010), 101–134.

Encyclopedia Entries:
- "Offene Gesellschaft/Open Society," Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, herausgegeben von Dan Diner (Stuttgart / Weimar: Verlag J.B. Metzler [Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften], 2011-13), Band 4 (2014), 1–7 [in German].
- "Freiheit/Freedom," Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, herausgegeben von Dan Diner (Stuttgart / Weimar: Verlag J.B. Metzler [Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften], 2011-13), Band 2 (2012), 378–382. [in German]
- "Berlin, Isaiah," Encyclopedia Hebraica, new edition (Jerusalem: forthcoming 2017) [In Hebrew].

Classes Taught

Hist 3001JSTD 2002: "Zionism, anti-Zionism, post-Zionism: Wars of Ideas"
Hist 3820JSTD 2002: “A Critical History of Modern Israel"