Focusing on Russian Jewry, this book traces the theory, meaning, and practice of non-territorial Jewish autonomy, from the turn of the twentieth century to the early 1920s. I describe how Jewish nationalism emerged at the same time as new ideas about the legal rights of individuals and groups, and evolved alongside similar movements for autonomy among other national minorities in the Russian and Austrian Empires.
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An anthology of Jewish thought on spiritual, cultural, and political nationalism in the diaspora. Most essays appear in English for the first time. I point readers to the important individuals and ideas in fourteen separate chapter introductions and annotations throughout. Also includes a chapter-by-chapter Suggestions for Further Reading.
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Essays, Journal Articles, and Book Chapters
“Diaspora, Nation, and Messiah: An Introductory Essay,” in Simon Rabinovitch ed., Jews and Diaspora Nationalism: Writings on Jewish Peoplehood in Europe and the United States. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2012, xv-xli.
“Jews, Englishmen and Folklorists: The Scholarship of Joseph Jacobs and Moses Gaster,” in The ‘Jew’ in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Culture: Between the East End and East Africa, edited by Nadia Valman and Eitan Bar-Yosef. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 113-130.
“Positivism, Populism and Politics: The Intellectual Foundations of Jewish Ethnography in Late Imperial Russia,” in Ab Imperio: Theory and History of Nationalism and Empire in the Post-Soviet Space no. 3 (2005): 227-256.
“Ethnography,” in Bruce Adams ed. The Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History, vol. 10, edited by Bruce Adams. Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 2011, 21-29.
“Folklore,” in Bruce Adams ed. The Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History, vol. 10, edited by Bruce Adams. Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 2011, 231-39.
Book and Exhibit Reviews
“Pakistan’s ‘Jewish’ Roots,” in Haaretz (English online) (October 1, 2013). For non-subscribers, PDF here.
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