[lbo-talk] Haaretz: Sociologist Baruch Kimmerling, 'new historian, ' dies at age 67

Joel Schalit joel at joelschalit.com
Wed May 23 09:29:15 PDT 2007

Thanks, Robert. What an absolute loss. Together with the death of Tanya Reinhart in March, its turning out to be a hell of year.

It'd be nice to see Kimmerling's US and UK publishers - Verso, UC Press - commemorate his passing by doing a more serious round of promotional work on the new paperback editions of his better-known works, such as Politicide and The Invention and Decline of Israeliness.

They're indispensable, and in many respects, more relevant than ever.

Best, Joel

Joel Schalit joel at joelschalit.com mashdownbabylon.typepad.com

On May 23, 2007, at 7:52 AM, Robert Naiman wrote:

> My recollection is that Kimmerling used to post occasionally in these
> precincts. I miss his presence.
> http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/objects/pages/PrintArticleEn.jhtml?
> itemNo=862117
> Last update - 02:00 22/05/2007
> Sociologist Baruch Kimmerling, 'new historian,' dies at age 67
> By Haaretz Staff
> Hebrew University sociologist Baruch Kimmerling, one of the first to
> apply post-colonial theories to the Zionist movement, died Sunday
> after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
> Despite his lack of training as a historian, Professor Kimmerling was
> identified with "the new historians" who provided alternative views on
> Israel's history. He also studied Israeli power structures.
> Defining himself as a "sociologist of politics in the wider sense of
> the term," Kimmerling was for many years a guest columnist at Haaretz.
> He will be laid to rest in a secular funeral at Kibbutz Mishmoret at 2
> P.M. today.
> His wife, Diana, said yesterday that Kimmerling had been hospitalized
> several times due to cancer, "but last Thursday he decided he didn't
> want to be tossed around from one hospital to another anymore. He
> wanted to die at home."
> Over the weekend he went into a coma and died on Sunday evening.
> "He loved to stimulate thought, he had ideas that were astoundingly
> original. He was a human being, a friend and a father," she said.
> Kimmerling was born in 1939 in Transylvania, Romania. He was disabled
> all his life due to cerebral palsy. He had speech difficulties and was
> confined to a wheelchair, yet traveled to conferences worldwide.
> Kimmerling lectured almost 40 years in Hebrew University's Sociology
> Department, published nine books and hundreds of essays. This year he
> stopped teaching for the first time. Despite his criticism of Israel,
> Kimmerling defined himself as a Zionist.
> "I built a new conceptualization of Israeli society that brought
> Zionism closer to a certain kind of colonialism," he said in an
> interview with Haaretz last year. He and his wife had three children.
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