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Nathan Birnbaum and Jewish modernity : architect of Zionism, Yiddishism, and orthodoxy /
Jess Olson.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [2013].
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xv, 390 p.
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0804778736 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804778732 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [2013].
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0804778736 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804778732 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Discovering the nation -- New conflicts, new directions -- Rupture and renaissance -- The eastward gaze -- The origins of an orthodox ideologue -- At home in the fold -- The final ascent.
catalogue key
8729094
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-374) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jess Olson is Assistant Professor of Jewish History and Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva University in New York.
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"A detailed account of this mercurial and celebrated figure. A persuasive case for a reconsideration of Birnbaum's place in the pantheon of European Jewish ideologues, publicists, and activists."--David Rechter, University of Oxford
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This book explores the life and thought of one of the most important but least known figures in early Zionism, Nathan Birnbaum. Now remembered mainly for his coinage of the word "Zionism," Birnbaum was a towering figure in early Jewish nationalism. Because of his unusual intellectual trajectory, however, he has been written out of Jewish history. In the middle of his life, in the depth of World War I, Birnbaum left his venerable position as a secular Jewish nationalist for religious Orthodoxy, an unheard of decision in his time. To the dismay of his former colleagues, he adopted a life of strict religiosity and was embraced as a leader in the young, growing world of Orthodox political activism in the interwar period, one of the most successful and powerful movements in interwar central and eastern Europe. Jess Olson brings to light documents from one of the most complete archives of Jewish nationalism, the Nathan and Solomon Birnbaum Family Archives, including materials previously unknown in the study of Zionism, Yiddish-based Jewish nationalism, and the history of Orthodoxy. This book is an important meditation on the complexities of Jewish political and intellectual life in the most tumultuous period of European Jewish history, especially of the interplay of national, political, and religious identity in the life of one of its most fascinating figures.
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This volume explores the life and thought of one of the most important but least known figures in early Zionism, Nathan Birnbaum. Now remembered mainly for his coinage of the word 'Zionism', Birnbaum was a towering figure in early Jewish nationalism.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Note on Transliterationp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Discovering the Nation: Nathan Birnbaum and Early Viennese Jewish Nationalism, 1882-90p. 17
New Conflicts, New Directions: Birnbaum's New Nationalist Course and the Arrival of Herzlp. 67
Rupture and Renaissance: The Jewish Renaissance Movement and the Ahad Ha'am Affairp. 118
The Eastward Gaze: The 1907 Elections and the Yiddish Language Conferencep. 154
The Origins of an Orthodox Ideologue: World War I and the Turn to Religionp. 209
At Home in the Fold: Birnbaum, the Agudath Israel, and Orthodox Jewish Politicsp. 255
The Final Ascent: Der Aufstieg, Der Ruf, and Roads Not Taken in Interwar Orthodoxyp. 294
Epilogue: Another Teshuvahp. 313
Notesp. 323
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 375
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