Zionism and the Fin de Siecle: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism from Nordau to Jabotinsky / Edition 1

Zionism and the Fin de Siecle: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism from Nordau to Jabotinsky / Edition 1

by Michael Stanislawski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520227883

ISBN-13: 9780520227880

Pub. Date: 06/02/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Michael Stanislawski's provocative study of Max Nordau, Ephraim Moses Lilien, and Vladimir Jabotinsky reconceives the intersection of the European fin de siècle and early Zionism. Stanislawski takes up the tantalizing question of why Zionism, at a particular stage in its development, became so attractive to certain cosmopolitan intellectuals and artists. With

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Michael Stanislawski's provocative study of Max Nordau, Ephraim Moses Lilien, and Vladimir Jabotinsky reconceives the intersection of the European fin de siècle and early Zionism. Stanislawski takes up the tantalizing question of why Zionism, at a particular stage in its development, became so attractive to certain cosmopolitan intellectuals and artists. With the help of hundreds of previously unavailable documents, published and unpublished, he reconstructs the ideological journeys of writer and critic Nordau, artist Lilien, and political icon Jabotinsky. He argues against the common conception of Nordau and Jabotinsky as nineteenth-century liberals, insisting that they must be understood against the backdrop of Social Darwinism in the West and the Positivism of Russian radicalism in the fin de siècle, as well as Symbolism, Decadence, and Art Nouveau.

When these men turned to Zionism, Stanislawski says, far from abandoning their aesthetic and intellectual preconceptions, they molded Zionism according to their fin de siècle cosmopolitanism. Showing how cosmopolitanism turned to nationalism in the lives and work of these crucial early Zionists, this story is a fascinating chapter in European and Russian, as well as Jewish, cultural and political history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520227880
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/02/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxiii
1.Cosmopolitanism, Zionism, and Assimilation: The Case of Theodor Herzl1
2.Max Nordau, the Improbable Bourgeois19
3.Nordau and Novikova: Romance with an Antisemite and the Road to Zionism36
4.Nordau's Zionism: From Heine to Bar Kochba74
5.From Jugendstil to "Judenstil": Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in the Work of Ephraim Moses Lilien98
6.Vladimir Jabotinsky, from Odessa to Rome and Back: "Dichtung and Wahrheit"116
7.Jabotinsky's Road to Zionism150
8.Jabotinsky's Early Zionism: From "In the City of Slaughter" to Alien Land178
9.Vladimir Jabotinsky, Cosmopolitan Ultra-Nationalist203
Conclusion239
Notes249
Bibliography267
Index277

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