Zionism and the Fin de Sii?1/2cle: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism from Nordau to Jabotinsky

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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 With the help of hundreds of previously unavailable documents, published and unpublished, he reconstructs the ideological journeys of writer and critic Nordau, ...
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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 With the help of hundreds of previously unavailable documents, published and unpublished, he reconstructs the ideological journeys of writer and critic Nordau, artist Lilien, and political icon Jabotinsky.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.
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A pioneering intellectual biography and [a challenge to] conventional understandings of the great-leader biography as a genre. This is a rich and complex book. [Stanislawski's] writing is always lively and often brilliant.
Jerusalem Post
An important contribution for serious students of Zionism and yet another example of the continuing intensity of the new historians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520223967
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Stanislawski is Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University. His previous books include Psalms for the Tsar (1988) and For Whom Do I Toil? (1988).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Cosmopolitanism, Zionism, and Assimilation: The Case of Theodor Herzl 1
2 Max Nordau, the Improbable Bourgeois 19
3 Nordau and Novikova: Romance with an Antisemite and the Road to Zionism 36
4 Nordau's Zionism: From Heine to Bar Kochba 74
5 From Jugendstil to "Judenstil": Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in the Work of Ephraim Moses Lilien 98
6 Vladimir Jabotinsky, from Odessa to Rome and Back: "Dichtung und Wahrheit" 116
7 Jabotinsky's Road to Zionism 150
8 Jabotinsky's Early Zionism: From "In the City of Slaughter" to Alien Land 178
9 Vladimir Jabotinsky, Cosmopolitan Ultra-Nationalist 203
Conclusion 239
Notes 249
Bibliography 267
Index 277
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