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The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture (Pitt Russian East European) Hardcover – November 28, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0822942726 ISBN-10: 0822942720 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Russian East European
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (November 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822942720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822942726
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,606,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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”An illuminating work of serious scholarship that provides a fresh look at the growth of Yiddish culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.” 
Matthew Hoffman, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Winter 2007



“At last, a scholar has given us a comprehensive and fresh treatment of east European Yiddishism as a political and social movement. Fishman challenges the stereotype of Yiddishism as a secularist, socialist rebellion against Jewish tradition and deftly places the movement in the larger context of Russian, Polish, and Jewish politics. Written in a spare, accessible style, this book portrays one of the most important movements in modern Jewish history as it ranges from the mid-nineteenth century to the eve of World War Two.”
—Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan



“Warmly recommended not only to students of East European Jewish history and culture but to all those interested in the ways in which language intersects with nationalism. In these matters Fishman is a most knowledgeable and reliable guide.”
—Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe

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"At last, a scholar has given us a comprehensive and fresh treatment of east European Yiddishism as a political and social movement. Fishman challenges the stereotype of Yiddishism as a secularist, socialist rebellion against Jewish tradition and deftly places the movement in the larger context of Russian, Polish, and Jewish politics. Written in a spare, accessible style, this book portrays one of the most important movements in modern Jewish history as it ranges from the mid-nineteenth century to the eve of World War Two."--Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan

"Can a politically powerless, ideologically divided, and geographically diverse people fashion a 'cultural system' out of the language that all of them happen to speak but none of them knows how to spell? Can a traditional society transform itself overnight? Are politics the engine or enemy of a cultural renaissance? Can a culture be rebuilt after most of its speakers have been murdered? The answers to these fundamental questions of the modern Jewish experience are to be found in Fishman's fascinating book."--David G. Roskies, author of Against the Apocalypse


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin D. Matis on March 9, 2008
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Fishman's writing is clear, unfussy, and remarkably good. Moreover, he shows incredible command of the material and avoids the political arguments that often accompany Yiddish academia.
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