The Defining Decade: Identity, Politics, and the Canadian Jewish Community in the 1960s

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University of Toronto Press, 2010 - History - 356 pages
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This wonderfully written and well-researched book adds an important facet to our evolving understanding of the sixties. firmly and passionately planting the Jewish `third solitude" experience of the period within its Canadian and international contexts. Troper shows now the Canadian Jewish identity was jolted not only by the activism and not so-quiet revolutions of sixties North America. but also by the dramatic politics of Israel and the Middle East. especially the 1967 Six Day war. Essential Reading for anyone who wants to truly understand the full sixties experience in Canada.

Dimitry Anastakis, Department of History. Trent University. and editor, The Sixties: Passion, Politics, and Style

Harold Troper has written the definitive book about what he calls the Defining Decade. This insightful, well-Written. Lively work not only tells the story of Canadian Jewry during the 1960s. but it illuminates important changes that were occuring throughout Canadian society and among Canadian Jewry's prominent next-door neighbour. the American Jewish Community.

Gil Troy, Professor of History, McGill University

Canadian Jewry during the 1960s underwent major transformations as the community grew in size, diversified. and asserted itself in new ways. A naunced portrait of one ethnic Community's evolving selfperception. The Defining Decade tells this compelling story with energy, clarity, and purpose.'

Ceral Tuichinsky, Department of History. Queen's University. and author of Canada's Jews. A People's History.
 

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Contents

A Third Solitude
39
Second City
80
The Last Torah in the Fire
122
Prestige Pride
163
The Maddest and Most Passionate Fling
204
Let Them Have It
244
Conclusion
284
Notes
297
Interviews
335
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Harold Troper is professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The co-author of None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews (with Irving Abella), his most recent book is The Defining Decade: Identity, Politics, and the Canadian Jewish Community in the 1960s .

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