The Jews of Modern France / Edition 1

The Jews of Modern France / Edition 1

by Paula E. Hyman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520209257

ISBN-13: 9780520209251

Pub. Date: 12/22/1998

Publisher: University of California Press

The Jews of Modern France explores the lessly complex encounter of France and its Jews from just before the Revolution to the eve of the twenty-first century. In the late eighteenth century, some forty thousand Jews lived in scattered communities on the peripheries of the French state, not considered French by others or by themselves. Two hundred years later, in…  See more details below

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The Jews of Modern France explores the lessly complex encounter of France and its Jews from just before the Revolution to the eve of the twenty-first century. In the late eighteenth century, some forty thousand Jews lived in scattered communities on the peripheries of the French state, not considered French by others or by themselves. Two hundred years later, in 1989, France celebrated the anniversary of the Revolution with the largest, most vital Jewish population in western and central Europe. Paula Hyman looks closely at the period that began when France's Jews were offered citizenship during the Revolution. She shows how they and succeeding generations embraced the opportunities of integration and acculturation, redefined their identities, adapted their Judaism to the pragmatic and ideological demands of the time, and participated fully in French culture and politics. Within this same period, Jews in France fell victim to a secular political antisemitism that mocked the gains of emancipation, culminating first in the Dreyfus Affair and later in the murder of one-fourth of them in the Holocaust. Yet up to the present day, through successive waves of immigration, Jews have asserted the compatibility of their French identity with various versions of Jewish particularity, including Zionism. This remarkable view in microcosm of the modern Jewish experience will interest general readers and scholars alike.

Author Biography: Paula E. Hyman is Lucy Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University and author of numerousbooks. Most recently she coedited (with Deborah Dash Moore) the prize-winning Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520209251
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/22/1998
Series:
Jewish Communities in the Modern World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1Before the Revolution1
2The French Revolution and the Emancipation of the Jews17
3The Napoleonic Synthesis37
4Acculturation and Mobility53
5French Jews and World Jewry77
6Antisemitism and the Dreyfus Affair91
7Immigration and the Remaking of French Jewry, 1881-1918115
8Between Two World Wars: The Inescapable Impact of Economics and Politics137
9The Holocaust in France161
10A Renewed Community193
Conclusion215
Notes219
Bibliography257
List of Illustrations273
Index275

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