Jews and Diaspora Nationalism
Writings on Jewish Peoplehood in Europe and the United States
Editor: Simon Rabinovitch
The question of how to preserve, construct or transform Jewish peoplehood consumed Jewish intellectuals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite a rich array of writing from Jewish nationalists, liberals and socialists about the vitality of Jewish existence in the diaspora, the key works have never been collected in a single volume, and few reliable English translations exist. This anthology brings together a variety of thinkers who offered competing visions of peoplehood within the established and developing Jewish diaspora centers of Europe and America. Writing in Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, French and English, these Jewish intellectuals sought to recast Jewish existence, whether within multiethnic empires, liberal democracies or socialist forms of government, in national terms. Volume editor Simon Rabinovitch provides an introductory essay, as well as short introductions and annotations to each document that contextualize and make accessible this wealth of primary sources for scholars and students.
Subject: Jewish Studies