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- DescriptionHabsburg Bukovina longer exists, save in the realms of historiography, stalgia, and collective memory. Remembered for its remarkable multinational, multi-faith character, Bukovina and its capital city Czerwitz have long been presented as exemplars of inter-ethnic co-operation, political moderation, and cultural dynamism, with Jews regarded as indispensable to the region's character and vitality. This is t mere rhetoric: the Jews of Bukovina were integral to, and at home in, local society. David Rechter's important new history conveys the special nature of Bukovina Jewry while embedding it in the broader historical and intellectual frameworks of Galician, imperial Austrian, and east central European Jewries. Carefully tracing the evolution of the tangled relationship of state and society with the Jews, from the Josephinian Enlightenment through absolutism to emancipation, he brings to light the untold story of the Jewish mirity in the monarchy's easternmost province, often a byword for ecomic backwardness and cultural provincialism. Here, at the edge of the Habsburg monarchy, Jews forged a new society from familiar elements, a unique hybrid of eastern and western European Jewries. Bukovina Jewry was both and neither: understanding its history can help us grasp the east/west fault lines within European Jewry, a key element in the Jewish experience in Europe.
- Author BiographyDavid Rechter is University Research Lecturer in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, Research Fellow in Modern Jewish History at St Antony's College, Oxford, and Fellow in Modern Jewish History at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He is the author of The Jews of Vienna and the First World War (2000, paperback 2008), also published by the Littman Library.
- Author(s)David Rechter
- PublisherThe Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
- Date of Publication20/06/2013
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintThe Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
- Content Note2 maps
- Weight499 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine23 mm
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