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Cosmopolitanisms and the Jews adds significantly to contemporary scholarship on cosmopolitanism by making the experience of Jews central to the discussion, as it traces the evolution of Jewish cosmopolitanism over the last two centuries. The book sets out from an exploration of the nature and cultural-political implications of the shifting perceptions of Jewish mobility and fluidity around 1800, when modern cosmopolitanist discourse arose. Through a series of case studies, the authors analyze the historical and discursive junctures that mark the central paradigm shifts in the Jewish self-image, from the Wandering Jew to the rootless parasite, the cosmopolitan, and the socialist internationalist. Chapters analyze the tensions and dualisms in the constructed relationship between cosmopolitanism and the Jews at particular historical junctures between 1800 and the present, and probe into the relationship between earlier anti-Semitic discourses on Jewish cosmopolitanism and Stalinist rhetoric.

 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. 1. How Did We Get Here from There?
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  1. 2. Moving About: Cosmopolitanism from Jews in Coaches to Jews on Trains
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  1. 3. “Everyone Is Welcome”: The Contradictions of Cosmopolitanism in the Imperial Worlds of Austro-Hungarian and Wilhelmine Jewry
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  1. 4. Jewish Cosmopolitanism and the European Idea, 1918–1933
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  1. 5. “The World Will Be Your Home”: Cosmopolitanism under National Socialism and in Exile
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  1. 6. Rootless Cosmopolitans: German Jewish Writers and the Stalinist Purges
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  1. 7. Russian Jews as the Newest Cosmopolitans
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  1. 8. Walls and Borders: Toward a Conclusion
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  1. Notes
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  1. Works Cited
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  1. Index
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  1. Index, cont.
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