Hans Kohn ( Hebrew: , September 15, 1891 – March 16, 1971) was a הַנְס כֹּהן, or קוהן Jewish American philosopher and historian. Born in Prague during the Habsburg Empire, he was captured as a prisoner of war during World War I and held in Russia for five years. In the following years he lived in Paris and London working for Zionist organizations and writing.
He moved to
Palestine in 1925, but visited the United States frequently, eventually immigrating in 1934 to teach modern history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. From 1948 to 1961 he taught at City College of New York. He also taught at the New School for Social Research, Harvard Summer School.
He wrote numerous books and publications, primarily on the topics of
nationalism, Pan-Slavism, German thought, and Judaism, and was an early contributor to the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, where he died. His autobiography, published in 1964, includes reflections on the times he lived through as well as the facts of his personal life. [1 ]
Kohn was a prominent leader of
Brit Shalom, which promoted a bi-national state in Palestine. [2 ]
Historical works [ edit ]
Western Civilization in the Near East, 1936
The Idea of Nationalism: A Study in Its Origins and Background, 1944
The Twentieth Century: A Midway Account of the Western World, 1950
Pan-Slavism: Its History and Ideology, 1953
Nationalism: Its Meaning & History, 1955
Nationalism and Liberty: The Swiss Example, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1956
American Nationalism: An Interpretative Essay, Macmillan, New York, 1957
Heinrich Heine: The Man and the Myth, Leo Baeck Institute, New York, 1959
The Habsburg Empire, 1804–1918, 1961
Living in a World Revolution: My Encounters with History, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1964
Absolutism and Democracy 1814-1852, D. Van Nostrand, Princeton, New Jersey, 1965
The Mind of Germany, Harper Torchbooks, 1965
Prelude to Nation-States: The French and German Experiences, 1789-1815 D. Van Nostrand, 1967.
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References [ edit ]
^ Living in a World Revolution: My Encounters with History, Hans Kohn, Simon and Schuster (and Pocket Books), New York, 1964.
^ Zohar Maor. "Hans Kohn and the Dialectics of Colonialism: Insights on Nationalism and Colonialism from Within". Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 55 (1): 255–271. doi: 10.1093/lbyb/ybq038.