Introduction: David Ohana – The Historian as an Intellectual
Foreword: Isaiah Berlin – A Tribute to My Friend
A. The Nature of Jewish History
1. Prophetism and Ideology – The Jewish Presence in History
(The Jerusalem Quarterly, Number 3, Spring 1977).
2. The Nature of Jewish History – Its Universal Significance
(published by The Hillel Foundation, London, 1957. The lecture
was delivered at the Gustave Tuck Theatre, University College,
London, on 17th October 1956, under the chairmanship of the
Rt. Hon. Viscount Samuel).
3. The Jewish Intellectuals in Politics – New Factors in an
Ancient Tradition (Jewish Observer and Middle East Review,
Vol. XIV No. 39, 24 September 1965).
4. Jews between “Right” and “Left” (Midstream, Summer
1958; a translation from Hebrew, Ha’aretz 25.9.57).
5. Suggestion for Isolating the Jewish Component in World
History (Midstream, March 1972).
B. From Anti-Semitism to the Holocaust
1. Mission and Testimony – The Universal Significance of Modern
Anti-Semitism (Essays on Human Rights: Contemporary Issues
and Jewish Perspectives, ed. David Sidorsky, 1979, Philadelphia,
Pa: The Jewish Publication Society of America, pp. 336-359).
2. The New Anti-Semitism (The New Republic: A Journal
of Politics and the Arts, September 18, 1976).
3. European History as the Seedbed of the Holocaust (Midstream,
May 1973. The lecture was delivered at the Yad Vashem symposium
– “The Holocaust and the Rebirth of Israel,” Jerusalem, April
C. Israel Between War and Peace
1. For Total Peace in the Middle East (International Problems,
the quarterly of the Israeli Institute of International Affairs,
Political Doctrine and Problems of Developing Countries, Jerusalem,
Nov.-Dec. 1967, VI /3-4, pp. 60-68).
2. Israel and the Arab World (The Jewish Quarterly
17/ 3-4 (63-64), Winter 1969).
3. Domestic and International Politics: A Presentation (Congress
Bi-Weekly, 8/2-3, February 26, 1971, 39-42: following the
8th Annual American-Israel Dialogue, on “Reciprocal Rights
and Responsibilities of American and Israeli Jews.”)
4. Reflections of an Historian in Jerusalem (Encounter,
5. Sadat’s Peace Initiative and Its’ Aftermath (The Jewish
Quarterly 26/1 (95), Spring 1978).
D. Intellectual and Political Debates
1. The Argument between Arabs and Jews: An Exchange
between Arnold Toynbee and J.L. Talmon (Encounter,
2. An Open Letter to the Minister of Information (Ma’ariv,
May 1969; translated to English and published as A letter
to his Establishment by an Israeli Intellectual by the Arab
Information Center, New York 1969).
3. The Mideast War: A Rejoinder (The New York Review,
24 January 1974. In the November 15 issue appeared a statement
on the Mideast War signed by twenty-one members of The Hebrew
University in Jerusalem. In the November 29 issue Prof. Daniel
Amit of The Hebrew University replied in the form of an open
letter to Prof. Jacob Talmon, one of the signers of the statement.
This is Talmon’s rejoinder to Amit).
4. “The Homeland is in Danger”: An Open Letter to Menahem
Begin (Ma’ariv, May 1969).
E. Profiles in History
1. The Ordeal of Sir Lewis Namier – the Man,
the Historian, the Jew (Commentary 33, 1962).
2. Andrei Sakharov’s Ordeal (Midstream, February
Bibliography of J. L. Talmon