Yiddish Civilisation: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 400 pages
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Paul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilization during the Roman empire, when Jewish culture first spread to Europe. We see the burgeoning exile population disperse, as its notable diplomats, artists and thinkers make their mark in far-flung cities and found a self-governing Yiddish world. By its late-medieval heyday, this economically successful, intellectually adventurous, and self-aware society stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Kriwaczek traces, too, the slow decline of Yiddish culture in Europe and Russia, and highlights fresh offshoots in the New World.Combining family anecdote, travelogue, original research, and a keen understanding of Yiddish art and literature, Kriwaczek gives us an exceptional portrait of a culture which, though nearly extinguished, has an influential radiance still.


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Review: Yiddish Civilisation: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation

User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

I cannot say what a truly scholarly work on Yiddish civilization looks like, but I very much enjoyed this overview. Kriwaczek writes well and tells the story of this religious nation, now submerged ... Read full review

Review: Yiddish Civilisation: The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation

User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

I found this book fascinating as it dealt with a subject that I know little about. My historical knowledge is limited to British history and the Classical period and I know little of the Jewish ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Bista Yid?
18
The Jews of Rome
29
From the 1Iediterranean to the Baltic
40
The Remaking ofwestem Europe
65
At the Crossroads
85
The New Yiddish World IO 5
105
Political Consolidation
132
The Reformation
155
The Yiddish Renaissance
181
I0 VVide Horizons
213
The Deluge
230
I2 Decline
247
I3 and Fall
273
A Winter Flowering 34
309
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About the author (2007)

Paul Kriwaczek was born in Vienna in 1937 and, with his parents, narrowly escaped the Nazis in 1939, fleeing first to Switzerland and then to England. He grew up in London and graduated from London Hospital Medical College. After several years spent working and traveling in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, he joined the BBC, where he spent the next quarter of a century as a program producer and filmmaker. Since leaving television in the 1990s, he has devoted himself to writing full-time, catching up on the unfinished business of a life spent exploring places, times, and ideas. He is married and lives in London.


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