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Barricades and banners : the Revolution of 1905 and the transformation of Warsaw Jewry /
Scott Ury.
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2012.
xxii, 415 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
0804763836 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804763837 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2012.
0804763836 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804763837 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction : between past and present -- Warsaw before 1905 : one city, many stories -- Urbanization, community, and the crisis of modernity : Jewish society in turn-of-the-century Warsaw -- Revolution, Jews, and the streets of Warsaw : between secret cells and popular politics -- The rise of the Jewish public sphere : coffeehouses, theaters, and newspapers -- From public sphere to public will : the elections to the Russian State Duma and the politicization of ethnicity -- Democracy and its discontents : the image of the Jews and the transformation of Polish politics -- Conclusion : politics, order, and the dialectics of Jewish modernity.
general note
Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2006.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-400) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Scott Ury is Senior Lecturer in Tel Aviv University's Department of Jewish History, where he also serves as head of the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of 'Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2013-05-01:
Ury (Tel Aviv Univ.) contends that modern Jewish political identity was forged in Warsaw after the Russian Revolution of 1905. Jews migrating to the former Polish capital comprised over a third of the city's population. Polish National Democrats portrayed Jews as a rising alien threat to Polish national aspirations. The author uses a wealth of primary sources to describe how Jews adapted to life in the big city. The rise of modern coffeehouses, Yiddish theaters, and Yiddish newspapers promoted development of a new nonreligious Jewish public sphere. That new identity came to the fore during the Russian Duma election campaigns in 1906 and 1907. Ury asserts that Polish right-wing campaign propaganda blatantly and successfully exploited anti-Jewish stereotypes and accusations of disloyalty that tragically became rooted within Polish political discourse throughout the 20th century. The author argues that Jews, effectively excluded from the Polish nation, turned to Jewish national ideologies in order to survive as a community. Jewish politics, born in Warsaw, came to fruition in Israel. A well-researched study of the urban roots of modern Jewish national politics and identity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. M. Shapiro Brooklyn College
Review Quotes
"Scott Ury is one of the brightest and most gifted of the younger historians of Jewish Eastern Europe. His new book on Jewish Warsaw is full of fresh perspectives that show the important impact of urbanization on the development of Polish Jewry."--Samuel Kassow, Trinity College
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This book examines the intersection of urban society and modern politics among Jews in turn of the century Warsaw. By focusing on the tumultuous events surrounding the Revolution of 1905, 'Barricades and Banners' argues that the metropolitanization of Jewish life led to a need for new forms of community and belonging.
Main Description
This book examines the intersection of urban society and modern politics among Jews in turn of the century Warsaw, Europe's largest Jewish center at the time. By focusing on the tumultuous events surrounding the Revolution of 1905, Barricades and Bannersargues that the metropolitanization of Jewish life led to a need for new forms of community and belonging, and that the ensuing search for collective and individual order gave birth to the new institutions, organizations, and practices that would define modern Jewish society and politics for the remainder of the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
List of Maps, Figures, and Tablesp. xi
Naming, Dating, Placing, and Other Methodological Dilemmasp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introduction: Between Past and Presentp. 1
Warsaw before 1905: One City, Many Storiesp. 22
Urbanization, Community, and the Crisis of Modernity: Jewish Society in Turn-of-the-Century Warsawp. 45
Revolution, Jews, and the Streets of Warsaw: Between Secret Cells and Popular Politicsp. 91
The Rise of the Jewish Public Sphere: Coffeehouses, Theaters, and Newspapersp. 141
From Public Sphere to Public Will: The Elections to the Russian State Duma and the Politicization of Ethnicityp. 172
Democracy and Its Discontents: The Image of "the Jews" and the Transformation of Polish Politicsp. 214
Conclusion: Politics, Order, and the Dialectics of Jewish Modernityp. 261
Notesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 365
Indexp. 401
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