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Despite being the archetypal diasporic people, modern Jews have most often been studied as citizens and subjects of single nation states and empires—as American, Polish, Russian, or German Jews. This national approach is especially striking considering the renewed interest among scholars in global and transnational influences on the modern world. Editors Ava F. Kahn and Adam D. Mendelsohn offer a new approach in Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History as contributors use transnational and comparative methodologies to place American Jewry into a broader context of cultural, commercial, and social exchange with Jews in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. In examining patterns that cross national boundaries, contributors offer new ways of understanding the development of American Jewish life. The diverse chapters, written by leading scholars, reflect on episodes of continuity and contact between Jews in America and world Jewry over the past two centuries. Individual case studies cover a range of themes including migration, international trade, finance, cultural interchange, acculturation, and memory and commemoration. Overall, this volume will expose readers to the variety and complexity of transnational experiences and encounters within American Jewish history. Accessible to students and scholars alike, Transnational Traditions will be appropriate as a classroom text for courses on modern Jewish, ethnic, immigration, world, and American history. No other single work in the field systematically focuses on this subject, nor covers the range of themes explored in this volume.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title
  2. pp. iii-iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. iv-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: An Anglophone Diaspora
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. 1. The Sacrifices of the Isaacs: The Diffusion of New Models of Religious Leadership in the English-Speaking Jewish World
  2. pp. 11-37
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  1. 2. Roaming the Rim: How Rabbis, Convicts, and Fortune Seekers Shaped Pacific Coast Jewry
  2. pp. 38-63
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  1. 3. Creating Transnational Connections: Australia and California
  2. pp. 64-84
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  1. Part II: From Europe to America and Back Again
  2. pp. 85-86
  1. 4. Currents and Currency: Jewish Immigrant “Bankers” and the Transnational Business of Mass Migration, 1873–1914
  2. pp. 87-104
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  1. 5. A Taste of Freedom: American Yiddish Publications in Imperial Russia
  2. pp. 105-140
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  1. Part III: The Immigrant as Transnational
  2. pp. 141-143
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  1. 6. “German Jews?” Reassessing the History of Nineteenth-Century Jewish Immigrants in the United States
  2. pp. 144-164
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  1. 7. The Gypsy in Them: Imagined Transnationalism amid New York City’s Little Rumania
  2. pp. 165-184
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  1. 8. No American Goldene Medina: Harbin Jews between Russia, China, and Israel, 1899–2014
  2. pp. 185-208
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  1. Part IV: Creating New Homelands in Argentina, America, and Israel
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. 9. Cultivating Jewish Farmers in the United States and Argentina
  2. pp. 212-229
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  1. 10. Transforming Identities: Bene Israel Immigrants in Israel and the United States
  2. pp. 230-252
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  1. 11. Transnational Aspirations: The Founding of American Kibbutzim, 1940s, 1970s
  2. pp. 253-280
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-310
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814338629
Related ISBN
9780814338612
MARC Record
OCLC
899263970
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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