Making Jews Modern

Making Jews Modern : The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires

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An engaging and thought-provoking analysis,... a pioneering foray into a new field of study, `Jews and Empires in History.'" -Slavic ReviewOn the eve of the 20th century, Jews in the Russian and Ottoman empires were caught up in the major cultural and social transformations that constituted modernity for Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewries. What did it mean to be Jewish and Russian, Jewish and Ottoman, Jewish and modern? To answer these questions, Sarah Abrevaya Stein explores the texts most widely consumed by Jewish readers: popular newspapers in Yiddish and Ladino. This skillful comparative study yields new perspectives on the role of print culture in imagining national and transnational communities and the diverse ways in which modernity was envisioned under the rule of empire.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 144.8 x 223.5 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 48 b&w photos
  • 0253218934
  • 9780253218933

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"Making Jews Modern is a major contribution to an understanding of modern Jewish history. It asks numerous historiographical questions and in so doing, traverses traditionally sealed terrains with regards to place and cultural groupings... This is a complex and thought-provoking book." -Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 88, no. 4, October 2010show more

About Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Sarah Abrevaya Stein is Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington.show more

Table of contents

List of FiguresAcknowledgmentsNote on Transliterations, Dates, and TermsIntroduction: Making Jews ModernPart One. The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires1. Creating a Yiddish Newspaper Culture2. Creating a Ladino Newspaper CulturePart Two. Imaging Culture3. Iconographies of Agitation4. The Science of Healthy LivingPart Three. Advertising Aspiration5. Images of Daily Life6. Advertising AnxietyEpilogueNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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