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Glorious, Accursed Europe

This volume offers a fascinating look at the complex relationship between Jews and Europe during the past two hundred years, and how the European Jewish and non-Jewish intelligentsia interpreted the modern Jewish experience, primarily in Germany, Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe. Beginning with premodern European attitudes toward Jews, Reinharz and Shavit move quickly to “the glorious nineteenth century,” a period in which Jewish dreams of true assimilation came up against modern antisemitism. Later chapters explore the fin-de-siècle “crisis of modernity”; the myth of the modern European Jew; expectations and fears in the interwar period; differences between European nations in their attitude toward Jews; the views of Zionists and early settlers of Palestine and Israel toward the Europe left behind; and views of contemporary Israeli intellectuals toward Europe, including its new Muslim population—the latest incarnation of the Jewish Question in Europe.

316 pages | 6 x 9

History: European History

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Table of Contents

Introduction • Europe Discovers Itself, Jews Discover Europe • The Glorious Nineteenth Century—Europe as Promised Land • The Accursed Century—Europe as an Ailing Culture • The Emergence of the Modern European Jew • Antisemitism as an Incurable European Disease • Old Europe or New Europe? • Manifold Europes • I Am in the East, and My Heart Is in the West • Europeanness and Anti-Europeanness in Palestine • Europe, Old or New? • Conclusion – Between “Real Europe” and the “European Spirit” • Notes • Bibliography • Index

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