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The Emergence Of Modern Jewish Politics: Bundism And Zionism In Eastern Europe (Pitt Russian East European) Hardcover – March 2, 2003

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  • Series: Pitt Russian East European
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822941880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822941880
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,218,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There is a striking imbalance between the number of scholarly works on late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century Zionism and on Bundism, which distorts the relationship between the two movements over time. To say that the Bund has been neglected so far in Jewish historiography (and even more so in the historiography of the labor movement in general) would be an understatement. The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics thus represents a long overdue attempt to set the record straight by providing a more balanced assessment of the relative strength of each movement and its contributions to the formation of modern Jewish politics.”

“Expertly edited. The contributors offer a historiographically balanced and highly perceptive account of the political, social, and cultural dimensions of these two major Jewish political movements. [Their] attention to the interconnectedness and interaction of widely disparate and yet related phenomena is truly impressive. Indeed, this book is one of those rare publications that delivers more than it promises.”
—American Historical Review

“One of the strengths of this book is its salient reminder that Jews did not, in fact, live in a bi-polar ideological world. A focused and well-integrated collection that is a ‘must read’ for all those with an interest in modern Jewish experience.”
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The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics analyzes the changes in Jewish political life wrought by Zionism and Bundism, and explores the relationship between politics, culture, and society among the Jews of Eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

The essays collected by Zvi Gitelman view modern Jewish politics through wide and varying lenses. Gitelman examines the legacy of the Bund and Zionist movements, and contends that Bundism's contributions-though less obvious-profoundly changed the structure of the society, politics, and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe and abroad. Other aspects of Jewish politics are highlighted as well, including alternative political movements of emancipation and integration and the role of national minorities and women in politics.

The volume also stresses the interactive nature of politics and culture, exploring the relationship between the political movements and Hebrew and Yiddish languages, literature, and art forms. While the Bund experienced a tenuous and distanced relationship with Yiddish culture, Zionism was supported and buoyed by the more politicized Hebrew writings and works of art. Finally, both Bundism and Zionism are tracked as immigrants from Eastern Europe brought the movements across the Atlantic Ocean to American Jewish communities and to the chaotic community of post-World War II France.

While contributors to The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics debate the ultimate success and failure of the various parties and the appropriateness of their tactics, inevitably most examine such issues through the prism of the Holocaust, which effectively terminated East European Jewish politics. These essays also raise the issue of whether ethnic minorities are best served by highly ideological or highly pragmatic political movements in trying to defend their interests in nondemocratic, multiethnic states.

Contributors: David Aberbach, McGill University; Gershon Bacon, Bar-Ilan University; Daniel Blatman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; David E. Fishman, Jewish Theological Seminary and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research; Jonathan Frankel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan; Samuel D. Kassow, Trinity College; Maud Mandel, Brown University; Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania; Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University; Michael C. Steinlauf, Gratz College; Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Chicago; Ruth R. Wisse, Harvard University; Seth L. Wolitz, University of Texas, Austin

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By historiker33 on April 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Gitelman's compilation is valuable to historicism, but only to a point. The articles contained therein present perspectives on jewish history not found in other scholarly monographs. The citations in the work are plentiful, and while the works are not long in nature, they do provide an adequate and inciteful look at modern jewish politis. Take, for example, the article by the well-established Gershon Bacon, who argued that Agudah Yisrael actually imitated the politics of its closest rival, the Zionists.

While it is true that this is not by any means an authoritative work, it is still valueable and a very quick read. I would recommend it for any undergraduate class, or as light reading for anyone interested in the political agency of the Interwar Jewry of Eastern Europe.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George Herbert on February 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to read this book but when I finally did I was thoroughly dissapointed by it. I do not recommend this book to individuals or libraries; there is nothing useful or worth reading here.
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