Zionism and the Fin de Siècle: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism from Nordau to Jabotinsky

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University of California Press, 02.06.2001 - 303 Seiten
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 With the help of hundreds of previously unavailable documents, published and unpublished, he reconstructs the ideological journeys of writer and critic Nordau, artist Lilien, and political icon Jabotinsky.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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Cosmopolitanism Zionism and Assimilation The Case of Theodor Herzl
1
Max Nordau the Improbable Bourgeois
19
Nordau and Novikova Romance with an Antisemite and the Road to Zionism
36
Nordaus Zionism From Heine to Bar Kochba
74
From Jugendstil to Judenstil Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in the Work of Ephraim Moses Lilien
98
Vladimir Jabotinsky from Odessa to Rome and Back Dichtung und Wahrheit
116
Jabotinskys Road to Zionism
150
Jabotinskys Early Zionism From In the City of Slaughter to Alien Land
178
Vladimir Jabotinsky Cosmopolitan UltraNationalist
203
Conclusion
239
Notes
249
Bibliography
267
Index
277
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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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