Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 3, 2009 - History - 432 pages
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The first popular history of the Emancipation of Europe’s Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—a transformation that was startling to those who lived through it and continues to affect the world today.

Freed from their ghettos, Jews ushered in a second renaissance. Within a century Marx, Freud, and Einstein created revolutions in politics, human science, and physics that continue to shape our world. Proust, Schoenberg, Mahler, and Kafka redefined artistic expression.

Emancipation reformed the practice of Judaism, encouraged some to imagine a modern nation of their own, and within decades led to the dream of Zionism.
 

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Review: Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance

User Review  - Ben Langleben - Goodreads

Brings the key players and acts of this critical period in Jewish and European history to life. Each chapter focuses on a particular individual or group of characters, with key events in their lives ... Read full review

Review: Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance

User Review  - Andy Weiss - Goodreads

An excellent read tying the threads of history together showing how we arrived where we are today. The echos continue in the middle east and in the Ukraine. Read full review

Contents

Everything in the Universe Is Changing
3
Hold Fast to the Religion of Your Fathers
22
The Means to Render the Jews More Useful
37
No One Shall Be Troubled for His Religion
50
The Name of Active Citizen
62
I Shall Maintain Your Freedom
91
It Is Hateful to Be a Jewess
105
Israel Must Be Exemplary for All Peoples
119
The Tradition of Dead Generations
206
Do Not Presume Discriminatory Laws
228
The Jews Are a Nation
245
Throw Out the Jew Itzig Because
260
I Want to Get Out Out Out of
283
The Jewish Question Anxiety About
294
The Truth Is on the March
313
Everywhere an Intruder Never
328

Incite the People to Terror
131
I Try to Tell My Grief and It All Becomes
141
Since I Was Born a Slave I Love Freedom
157
Let the Rothschilds Sanctify Themselves
171
We Have a Solemn Mission to Perform
195
My Honor Has Been Restored
343
Acknowledgments
365
Bibliography
381
Index
391
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