Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia

Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia : Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging

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This book presents an unconventional history of minority nationalism in interwar Eastern Europe. Focusing on an influential group of grassroots activists, Tatjana Lichtenstein uncovers Zionist projects intended to sustain the flourishing Jewish national life in Czechoslovakia.The book shows that Zionism was not an exit strategy for Jews, but as a ticket of admission to the societies they already called home.It explores how and why Zionists envisioned minority nationalism as a way to construct Jews' belonging and civic equality in Czechoslovakia.By giving voice to the diversity of aspirations within interwar Zionism, the book offers a fresh view of minority nationalism and state building in Eastern Europe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 494 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 31.75mm | 807g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 2 maps, 1 table
  • 0253018676
  • 9780253018670
  • 998,791

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This richly detailed monograph, based on an array of archival and contemporary secondary sources, is a welcome addition to modern European, but especially modern Jewish, historiography. * European History Quarterly * Lichtenstein's book makes a dynamic contribution to the recent historiography of the Jewish experience in twentieth century. * Hungarian Historical Review * [W]ell researched and meticulously cited . . . Recommended. * Choice *
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About Tatjana Lichtenstein

Tatjana Lichtenstein is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.
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Table of contents

List of Place Names
Introduction: Making Jews at Home
1. The Jews of Czechoslovakia-A Mosaic of Cultures
2. Jewish Power and Powerlessness: Zionists, Czechs and the Paris Peace Conference
3. Mapping Jews: Social Science and the Making of Czechoslovak Jewry
4. Conquering Communities: Zionists, Cultural Renewal, and the State
5. A Stateless Nation's Territory: Zionists and the Jewish Schools
6. Making New Jews: Maccabi in Czechoslovakia
7. Promised Lands: Zionism and Communism in Interwar Czechoslovakia
Epilogue: "A Storm of Barbarism"
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