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A People Apart - The Jews in Europe, 1789-1939 (Hardcover): David Vital

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A People Apart - The Jews in Europe, 1789-1939 (Hardcover)

David Vital

Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe

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Vital has written the first comprehensive history of the Jewish communities of Europe from the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War II. The revolution of 1789 saw the triumph of Liberalism over absolutism and with it the beginning of a century of emancipation and assimilation for Jews throughout Western Europe. In Central and Eastern Europe, however, any form of emancipation for long threatened German control over the ethnically divose but unstable Hapsburg empire and in Russia threatened the very foundations of the autocratic Tsarist state itself; there, Jews were confined to the Pale of Settlement and suffered plupical violence and discrimination which, far from encouraging assimilation, reinforced a self-isolating, inward-looking Yiddish culture as well as stimulating the urge to emigrate, an urge rendered more compelling in the 1880s by the newly popular Zionist vision of the prospect of a historic return to the 'promised land' of Israel. The German and Austrian Jews, however, were to become tragic victims of their seeming success, particularly in business and the liberal arts, as the prosperity of late 19th-century Capitalism collapsed into the inter-war slump and the values of liberal progress and cultural diversity fell victim in Germany to the brutal scapegoating of Hitherite fascism. Vital's monumental, detailed and deeply-impressive hsitory ends in 1939, on the verge of the greatest catastrophe ever to befall the Jews of Europe, the Holocaust of 1942-45, even though, ironically, this was to help to bring about, albeit in a troubled and controversial form, the Zinoist dream of reconstituted Jewish nation state in Palestine in 1948. (Kirkus UK)
The twentieth century has seen both the greatest triumph of Jewish history (the birth of the nation of Israel) and its greatest tragedy (the state sponsored genocide of the Holocaust). A People Apart is the first study to examine the role played by the Jews themselves, across the whole of Europe, during the century and a half leading up to these events.
In this monumental work of history, David Vital explores the Jews' troubled relationship with Europe, documenting the struggles of this "nation without a territory" to establish a place for itself within an increasingly polarized and nationalist continent. The book ranges across the whole of the continent during this crucial period, examining Jewish communities in all the major countries, describing everything from incrementalism in England to the impenetrable hostility to be found in Germany. The author describes pogroms, poverty, and migration, the image of the Jew as revolutionary, the rise of Zionism and the "Palestinian idea," and much more. Vital is particularly interested in the dynamics within the Jewish community, examining the clash between politically neutral traditionalists and a new group of activists, whose unprecedented demands for national and political self-determination were stimulated both by increasing civil emancipation and the mounting effort to drive the Jews out of Europe altogether. The book ends on a controversial note, with Vital suggesting that the fate of the Jewish people was to some degree their own doing; at times, by their own autonomous action and choice; at others, by inaction and default.
This powerful and stimulating new analysis represents a watershed in our understanding of the history of the Jews in Europe.

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Imprint: Clarendon Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Oxford History of Modern Europe
Release date: May 1999
Authors: David Vital (formerly Nahum Goldman Professor of Diplomacy)
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 53mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 962
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-821980-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Humanities > History > European history
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies
Books > Humanities > History > European history > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Ethnic studies > Jewish studies
Books > History > European history
Books > History > European history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
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LSN: 0-19-821980-6
Barcode: 9780198219804

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