Reconstructing a National Identity

Reconstructing a National Identity : The Jews of Habsburg Austria during World War I

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This book explores the impact of war and political crisis on the national identity of Jews, both in the multinational Habsburg monarchy and in the new nation-states that replaced it at the end of World War I. Jews enthusiastically supported the Austrian war effort because it allowed them to assert their Austrian loyalties and Jewish solidarity at the same time. They faced a grave crisis of identity when the multinational state collapsed and they lived in nation-states mostly uncomfortable with ethnic minorities. This book raises important questions about Jewish identity and about the general nature of ethnic and national identity.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 maps & 11 halftones
  • 0195176308
  • 9780195176308
  • 1,671,849

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"By exploring the sociology and psychology of identity formation, as well as its politics, Rozenblit casts an illuminating beam on one of the enduring problems of European history in a manner that makes for engrossing reading." - -The Journal of Interdisciplinary History "For Historians of Habsburg Jewish history Rozenblit's book is definitely a must. It should also be on the reading lists of those interested in the development of Jewish identities in the modern world, students of nationalism, World War I specialists." - - International Society for First World War "While "identity" has become an academic buzzword in recent years, Rozenblit's book is an identity study of the very best kind a major contribution to Hapsburg historiography. Rozenblit's book stands to have great crossover appeal for students and scholars of Jewish history who are more familiar with the nation-state cases of Western Europe."- The Journal of Modern Historyshow more

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