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Amikam Nachmani

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085727

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085727.001.0001

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On Political Involvement: From the Lavon Affair to Mccarthyism and Beyond

On Political Involvement: From the Lavon Affair to Mccarthyism and Beyond

(p.134) 7 On Political Involvement: From the Lavon Affair to Mccarthyism and Beyond
Jacob Talmon

Amikam Nachmani

Manchester University Press

Talmon clearly defined the role of academics and intellectuals as people who participate in the development of events while these events are being evolved and shaped. As such Talmon himself took active part in the attempt of Israeli intellectuals to intervene in what was called the Lavon affair. These intellectuals were concerned lest Israel's young democracy would be detrimentally affected by David Ben-Gurion, the mythic Prime Minister of Israel. The chapter refers to the role of five famous intellectuals and to their impact on society, as Talmon writings described. McCarthyism that sought to curtail the participation of intellectuals in shaping their country's politics and democracy is among the topics discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   Lavon affair, McCarthyism, Israeli democracy, Israeli intellectuals

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