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Katznelson, Ira

Works: 61 works in 393 publications in 3 languages and 20,939 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Essays  Textbooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director
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Most widely held works by Ira Katznelson
Liberalism's crooked circle : letters to Adam Michnik by Ira Katznelson( )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 2,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katznelson's first letter explores how the virtues of socialism, including its moral stand on social justice, can be related to liberalism while overcoming debilitating aspects of the socialist inheritance. The second asks whether liberalism can recognize, appreciate, and manage human difference. Situated in the lineage of efforts by Richard Hofstadter, C. Wright Mills, and Lionel Trilling to "thicken" liberalism, these letters also draw on personal experience in the radical politics of the 1960s and in the dissident culture of East and Central Europe in the years immediately preceding communism's demise
Desolation and enlightenment : political knowledge after total war, totalitarianism, and the Holocaust by Ira Katznelson( )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 2,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During and especially after the Second World War, a group of leading scholars who had been perilously close to the war's devastation joined others fortunate enough to have been protected by distance in an effort to redefine and reinvigorate Western liberal ideals for a radically new age. Treating evil as an analytical category, they sought to discover the sources of twentieth-century horror and the potentialities of the modern state in the wake of western desolation. In the process, they devised strikingly new ways to understand politics, sociology, and history that reverberate still. In this major intellectual history, Ira Katznelson examines the works of Hannah Arendt, Robert Dahl, Richard Hofstadter, Harold Lasswell, Charles Lindblom, Karl Polanyi, and David Truman, detailing their engagement with the larger project of reclaiming the West's moral bearing."--Jacket
Religion and democracy in the United States : danger or opportunity? by Alan Wolfe( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States remains a deeply religious country and religion plays an inextricably critical role in American politics. Controversy over issues such as abortion is fueled by opposition in the Catholic Church and among conservative Protestants, candidates for the presidency are questioned about their religious beliefs, and the separation of church and state remains hotly contested. While the examination of religion's influence in politics has long been neglected, in the last decade the subject has finally garnered the attention it deserves. In Religion and Democracy in the United States, prominent scholars consider the ways Americans understand the relationship between their religious beliefs and the political arena. --From publisher's description
Marxism and the city by Ira Katznelson( )

27 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 1,800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defeated in the East and discredited in the West, Marxism has broken down as an ideology and as a guide to governance. But, for all its flaws, it remains an important tool for understanding and raising questions about key aspects of modern life. In Marxism and the City Ira Katznelson critically assesses the scholarship on cities that has developed within Marxism in the past quarter century to show how some of the most important weaknesses in Marxism as a social theory can be remedied by forcing it to engage seriously with cities and spatial concerns. He argues that such a Marxism still has a significant contribution to make to the discussion of such historical questions as the transition from feudalism to a world composed of capitalist economies and nation-states and the acquiescence of the western working classes to capitalism. Professor Katznelson demonstrates how a Marxism that embraces complexity and is open to engagement with other social-theoretical traditions can illuminate our understanding of cities and of the patterns of class and group formation that have characterized urban life in the West
When affirmative action was white : an untold history of racial inequality in twentieth-century America by Ira Katznelson( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A work that exposes the twisted origins of affirmative action"--Provided by publisher
Fear itself : the New Deal and the origins of our time by Ira Katznelson( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redefining our traditional understanding of the New Deal, this book finally examines this pivotal American era through a sweeping international lens that juxtaposes a struggling democracy with enticing ideologies like Fascism and Communism. Historian Ira Katznelson asserts that, during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power. --From publisher description
Paths of emancipation : Jews, states, and citizenship by Pierre Birnbaum( )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in English and German and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the nineteenth century, legal barriers to Jewish citizenship were lifted in Europe, enabling organized Jewish communities and individuals to alter radically their relationships with the institutions of the Christian West. In this volume, one of the first to offer a comparative overview of the entry of Jews into state and society, eight leading historians analyze the course of emancipation in Holland, Germany, France, England, the United States, and Italy as well as in Turkey and Russia. The goal is to produce a systematic study of the highly diverse paths to emancipation and to explore their different impacts on Jewish identity, dispositions, and patterns of collective action. Jewish emancipation concerned itself primarily with issues of state and citizenship. Would the liberal and republican values of the Enlightenment guide governments in establishing the terms of Jewish citizenship? How would states react to Jews seeking to become citizens and to remain meaningfully Jewish? The authors examine these issues through discussions of the entry of Jews into the military, the judicial system, business, and academic and professional careers, for example, and through discussions of their assertive political activity. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Geoffrey Alderman, Hans Daalder, Werner E. Mosse, Aron Rodrigue, Dan V. Segre, and Michael Stanislawski. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Preferences and situations : points of intersection between historical and rational choice institutionalism by Ira Katznelson( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A scholarly gulf has tended to divide historians, political scientists, and social movement theorists on how people develop and act on their preferences. Rational choice scholars assumed that people - regardless of the time and place in which they live - try to achieve certain goals, like maximizing their personal wealth or power. In contrast, comparative historical scholars have emphasized historical context in explaining people's behavior. Recently, a common emphasis on how institutions - such as unions or governments - influence people's preferences in particular situations has emerged, promising to narrow the divide between the two intellectual camps. In Preferences and Situations, editors Ira Katznelson and Barry R. Weingast seek to expand that common ground by bringing together an esteemed group of contributors to address the ways in which institutions, in their wider historical setting, induce people to behave in certain ways and steer the course of history."--Jacket
The politics of power : a critical introduction to American government by Ira Katznelson( Book )

47 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in English and French and held by 998 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This brief introduction to American government highlights the ongoing tension between capitalism and democracy. With recent political conflict over issues such as how to rein in Wall Street, expand access to health care, put Americans back to work, and plan for an increasingly globalized future, the time is ripe for a new edition of The Politics of Power
Black men, white cities; race, politics, and migration in the United States, 1900-30 and Britain, 1948-68 by Ira Katznelson( Book )

19 editions published between 1973 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liberal beginnings : making a republic for the moderns by Andreas Kalyvas( )

15 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Liberal Beginnings examines the origins and development of the modern liberal tradition and explores the relationship between republicanism and liberalism between 1750 and 1830. Andreas Kalyvas and Ira Katznelson consider the diverse settings of Scotland, the American colonies, the new United States, and France and examine the writings of six leading thinkers of this period: Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Germaine de Stael, and Benjamin Constant. The book traces the process by which these thinkers transformed and advanced the republican project, both from within and by introducing new elements from without. Without compromising civic principles or abandoning republican language, they came to see that, unrevised, the republican tradition could not grapple successfully with the political problems of their time. By investing new meanings, arguments, and justifications into existing republican ideas and political forms, these innovators fashioned a doctrine for a modern republic, the core of which was surprisingly liberal."--Jacket
Schooling for all : class, race, and the decline of the democratic ideal by Ira Katznelson( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City trenches : urban politics and the patterning of class in the United States by Ira Katznelson( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The urban crisis of the 1960s revived a dormant social activism whose protagonists placed their hoped for radical change and political effectiveness in community action. Ironically, the insurgents chose the local community as their terrain for a political battle that in reality involved a few strictly local issues. They failed to achieve their goals, Ira Katznelson argues, not so much because they had chosen their ground badly but because the deep split of the American political landscape into workplace politics and community politics defeats attempts to address grievances or raise demands that break the rules of bread-and-butter unionism on the one hand or of local politics on the other. A fascinating record of the encounter between today's reformers'the community activists'and the powers they challenge. City Trenches is also a probing analysis of the causes of urban instability. Katznelson anatomizes the unique workings of the American urban system which allow it to contain opposition through "machine" politics and, as a last resort, institutional innovation and co-optation, for example, the authorities' own version of decentralization used in the 1960s as a counter to a "community control." Washington Heights'Inwood, a multi-ethnic working-class community in northern Manhattan, provides the setting for an absorbing close-up view of the historical evolution of local politics: the challenge to the system in the 1960s and its reconstitution in the 1970s
The Cold War & the university : toward an intellectual history of the postwar years by Noam Chomsky( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The years following 1945 witnessed a massive change in American intellectual thought and in the life of American universities. The vast effort to mobilize intellectual talent during the war established new links between the government and the academy. After the war, many of those who had worked with the military or the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) took jobs in the burgeoning postwar structure of university-based military research and the intelligence agencies, bringing infusions of government money into many fields. Little has been written about the long-term impact of this close association, despite considerable study of the McCarthy period's destructive impact on academic careers. The Cold War and the University is a groundbreaking collection of newly commissioned essays that takes a bold first step toward the reconstruction of this history. In it, some of the country's most prominent intellectuals use their own experiences to explore what happened to the university in the postwar years and why. In wide-ranging and revealing essays, these writers show the many ways existing disciplines, such as anthropology, were affected by the Cold War ethos; they discuss the rise of new fields, such as area studies; and they explore the changing nature of dissent and academic freedom during and since the Cold War
Working-class formation : nineteenth-century patterns in Western Europe and the United States by Aristide R Zolberg( Book )

13 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shaped by war and trade : international influences on American political development( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political science : the state of the discipline by Ada W Finifter( Book )

16 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and the political imagination by Ira Katznelson( Book )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The theory of secularisation became a virtually unchallenged truth of twentieth-century social science. First sketched out by Enlightenment philosophers, then transformed into an irreversible global process by nineteenth-century thinkers, the theory was given substance by the precipitate drop in religious practice across Western Europe in the 1960s. However, the re-emergence of acute conflicts at the interface between religion and politics has confounded such assumptions. It is clear that these ideas must be rethought. Yet, as this distinguished, international team of scholars reveal, not everything contained in the idea of secularisation was false. Analyses of developments since 1500 reveal a wide spectrum of historical processes: partial secularisation in some spheres has been accompanied by sacralisation in others. Utilising new approaches derived from history, philosophy, politics and anthropology, the essays collected in Religion and the Political Imagination offer new ways of thinking about the urgency of religious issues in the contemporary world"--
Anxieties of democracy : Tocquevillean reflections on India and the United States( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is a comparative study of democracy in India and the United States, using as its basis Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark study Democracy in America. It frames the comparison in terms of the distinct trajectories of the United States and India-the former as moving 'from equality' at birth towards new forms of inequality over time, and the latter moving 'towards equality' from an inegalitarian social order at independence. Examining the experience of democracy in two of the world's oldest and largest democracies, the essays discuss the effect of democratization on key elements of public life such as citizenship, religion, capitalism, the struggle for equality, and the status of minorities in both the countries
Religious conversion : history, experience and meaning by Ira Katznelson( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious conversion - a shift in membership from one community of faith to another - can take diverse forms in radically different circumstances. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, conversion can be protracted or sudden, voluntary or coerced, small-scale or large. It may be the result of active missionary efforts, instrumental decisions, or intellectual or spiritual attraction to a different doctrine and practices. In order to investigate these multiple meanings, and how they may differ across time and space, this collection ranges far and wide across medieval and early modern Europe and beyond. From early Christian pilgrims to fifteenth-century Ethiopia; from the Islamisation of the eastern Mediterranean to Reformation Germany, the volume highlights salient features and key concepts that define religious conversion, particular the Jewish, Muslim and Christian experiences. By probing similarities and variations, continuities and fissures, the volume also extends the range of conversion to focus on matters less commonly examined, such as competition for the meaning of sacred space, changes to bodies, patterns of gender, and the ways conversion has been understood and narrated by actors and observers. In so doing, it promotes a layered approach that deepens inquiry by identifying and suggesting constellations of elements that both compose particular instances of conversion and help make systematic comparisons possible by indicating how to ask comparable questions of often vastly different situations.--
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Desolation and enlightenment : political knowledge after total war, totalitarianism, and the Holocaust
Desolation and enlightenment : political knowledge after total war, totalitarianism, and the HolocaustReligion and democracy in the United States : danger or opportunity?Marxism and the cityWhen affirmative action was white : an untold history of racial inequality in twentieth-century AmericaPaths of emancipation : Jews, states, and citizenshipPreferences and situations : points of intersection between historical and rational choice institutionalismThe politics of power : a critical introduction to American governmentLiberal beginnings : making a republic for the moderns
Alternative Names
Ira Katznelson American academic

Ira Katznelson Amerikaans politicoloog

Ira Katznelson politólogo e historiador estadounidense (n. 1944)

Ira Katznelson US-amerikanischer Zeitgeschichtler und Politologe

Katznelson, Ira, 1944-

Katznelson, Ira I.

Іра Кацнельсон

English (327)

German (2)

French (1)