Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture, 1918-1930by David Shneer
Pub. Date: 04/01/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Empowered by the Soviet state before World War II to create a Jewish national culture, Soviet Jewish activists were interested in building such a culture because they were striving for a national revolution--through the creation of a new culture in which Jews would be able to identify themselves as Jews on new, secular, Soviet terms. This book explores the ways in which Jews functioned as part of, not apart from, the Soviet system, as well as Jewish history.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. Soviet nationalities policies and the making of the Soviet Yiddish Intelligentsia; 2. Ideology and Jewish language politics: How Yiddish became the national language of Soviet Jewry; 3. Modernising Yiddish; 4. Who owns the means of cultural production? The Soviet Yiddish publishing industry of the 1920s; 5. Engineers of Jewish souls: Soviet Yiddish writers envisioning the Jewish past, present and future; 6. Becoming revolutionary: Izi Kharik and the question of aesthetics, politics and ideology; Afterword. How does the story end?; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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