“Fishman's no-nonsense account of modern Yiddish and twentieth-century Jewish schisms . . . eschews the nostalgia and sentimentality associated with Yiddish, and gives a vivid picture of how Yiddish and Yiddish literature were promoted by even the socialist and anti-Zionist Bundists as a means of preserving Jewishness.”
—International Jerusalem Post
“German, Polish and Russian . . . offered the Jews a way from isolation to assimilation, cultural as much as linguistic. These multiple associations are all incisively reconstructed and investigated in Fishman's The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture. . . . it gives a vivid sense of a language that flourished in the first decades of the twentieth century.”
—London Review of Books
“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
"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.