By Kenneth B. Moss
intellectuals and writers around the crumbling empire threw themselves
into the pursuit of a "Jewish renaissance." on the middle of their
program lay a significantly new imaginative and prescient of Jewish tradition predicated now not on
religion yet on paintings and secular individuality, nationwide in scope yet
cosmopolitan in content material, framed via a fierce devotion to Hebrew or
Yiddish but captivated with uploading and collaborating within the shared
culture of Europe and the realm. those cultural warriors sought to
recast themselves and different Jews not just as a contemporary country yet as a
nation of moderns.
Kenneth Moss deals the 1st complete examine this
fascinating second in Jewish and Russian heritage. He examines what
these various would-be cultural revolutionaries, corresponding to El Lissitzky
and Haim Nahman Bialik, intended through a brand new Jewish tradition, and details
their fierce disagreements but in addition their shared assumptions approximately what
culture used to be and why it used to be so very important. In shut readings of Hebrew,
Yiddish, and Russian texts, he strains how they sought to achieve their
ideals in perform as writers, artists, and thinkers within the burgeoning
cultural facilities of Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. And he unearths what
happened to them and their beliefs because the Bolsheviks consolidated their
hold over cultural lifestyles.
Here is a superb, revisionist argument in regards to the nature of
cultural nationalism, the connection among nationalism and
socialism as ideological platforms, and tradition itself, the axis around
which the stumble upon among Jews and ecu modernity has pivoted
over the prior century.
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