The Road to Modern Jewish Politics

The Road to Modern Jewish Politics : Political Tradition and Political Reconstruction in the Jewish Community of Tsarist Russia

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It was not until the emergence of the ideologies of Zionism and Socialism at the end of the last century that the Jewish communities of the Diaspora were perceived by historians as having a genuine political life. In the case of the Jews of Russia, the pogroms of 1881 have been regarded as the watershed event which triggered the political awakening of Jewish intellectuals. Here Lederhendler explores previously neglected antecedents to this turning point in the history of the Jewish people in the first scholarly work to examine concretely the transition of a Jewish community from traditional to post-traditional more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 165.6 x 223 x 25.1mm | 530.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195058917
  • 9780195058918

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'illustrates graphically the history of Jewish life around the world in the past two centuries ... Graphs, charts, illustrations and diagrams are employed to describe every conceivable aspect of Jewish life and activity: from community size and birthrate to migration patterns and inter-marriage. There is much here of great interest and significance ... No aspect of Jewish life in Israel or in the diaspora is too unimportant to be covered and use of this atlas will enable the student to understand the processes of change and the transformation of the jewish world in the last two centuries ... the truly awesome scope of this book ... All of Jewish history, geography, sociology, demographics and politics is here and it is not hard to see why the original Hebrew edition was so successful.' Kenneth Collins, Jewish Arts Anthology 'Lederhendler's book should be read by every student of Russian Jewish history. The virtues of his basic argument are supplemented by his useful inclusion of lists of Jewish shtadlanim, censors, and learned Jews.' John D. Klier, University College, University of London, The Slavonic Review 'well-written, well-researched book' Sharman Kadish, L'Eylanshow more

About Eli Lederhandler

Managing Editor of the annual "Studies in Contemporary Jewry" (OUP USA)show more

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