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Commonly translated as the “Jewish Enlightenment,” the Haskalah propelled Jews into modern life. Olga Litvak argues that the idea of a Jewish modernity, championed by adherents of this movement, did not originate in Western Europe’s age of reason. Litvak contends that the Haskalah spearheaded a Jewish cultural revival, better understood against the background of Eastern European Romanticism. Based on imaginative and historically grounded readings of primary sources, Litvak presents a compelling case for rethinking the most important concepts that currently inform the positioning of the Haskalah within the context of Jewish emancipation, nationalism, and secularization. Most importantly, she challenges the prevailing view that the Haskalah was the political and philosophical mainspring of Jewish liberalism.In Litvak’s ambitious rereading, nineteenth-century Eastern European intellectuals emerge as the authors of a Jewish Romantic revolution. Fueled by unfulfilled longings for community, spiritual perfection, and historical authenticity, the poets and scholars associated with the Haskalah were ambivalent about the contemporary struggle for Jewish equality and the quest for material improvement. Their skepticism about the universal promise of Enlightenment continues to shape Jewish political and religious values.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Series Information
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Part I. Terms of Debate
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter 1. Wrong Time, Wrong Place
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Chapter 2. Beyond the Enlightenment
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. Part II. State of the Question
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Chapter 3. Haskalah and History
  2. pp. 49-64
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  1. Chapter 4. Haskalah and Modern Jewish Thought
  2. pp. 65-78
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  1. Part III. In a New Key
  2. pp. 79-80
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  1. Chapter 5. Exile
  2. pp. 81-88
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  1. Chapter 6. New Creation
  2. pp. 89-112
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  1. Chapter 7. Faith
  2. pp. 113-130
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  1. Chapter 8. Paradise
  2. pp. 131-156
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  1. Chapter 9. Fall
  2. pp. 157-180
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  1. Chapter 10. The End of Enlightenment
  2. pp. 181-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-226
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 227
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813554372
Print ISBN
9780813554365
MARC Record
OCLC
821738214
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-10-01
Language
English
Open Access
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