ZIONIST INTERNATIONALISM? ALFRED ZIMMERN’S POST-RACIAL COMMONWEALTH*

TOMOHITO BAJI

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Abstract

This essay analyses Alfred Zimmern's scheme for a global British Commonwealth. A prominent British liberal internationalist and leading early scholar of International Relations, Zimmern developed an anti-racial account of empire and international order. In conceptualizing a British Commonwealth, he sought to replace “race” with “nation” as the basic ontological category of world ordering. The idea of cultural Zionism, formulated by Ahad Ha’am, played a key role in Zimmern's attempt. Ahad Ha’am's account of non-statist Jewish nationalism served as a useful ideological device for Zimmern to theorize a multinational Commonwealth without acknowledging colonial demands for self-determination. The essay also shows that Horace Kallen's notion of American cultural pluralism helped Zimmern to consolidate his project for the post-racial empire.

Original languageEnglish
JournalModern Intellectual History
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2015 Jan 26
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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