YIDDISH AND THE CREATION OF SOVIET JEWISH CULTURE 1918-1930
New York; Cambridge University Press, 2004. Hardcover. Item #32400
Publishers cloth. 8vo. Ix, 300 pages. 23 cm. Illustrated. First edition. Signed by author. "Yiddish and the Creation of Soviet Jewish Culture gives voice to the activists empowered by the state to create a Soviet Jewish national culture. These activists were striving for a national revolution to create a new culture for Jews to identify as Jews on new, secular, Soviet terms. This book explores the ways in which Jews were part of, not apart from, both the Soviet system and Jewish history. Soviet Jewish culture worked within contemporary Jewish national and cultural trends and simultaneously participated in the larger project of propagating the Soviet state and ideology. Soviet Jewish activists were not nationalists or Soviets, but both at once. David Shneer addresses some of the painful truths about the Jews' own implication and imbrication in the Soviet system and inserts their role in twentieth-century Jewish culture into the narrative of Jewish history. " (Dust jacket description) Subjects: Jews -- Soviet Union -- Intellectual life. Yiddish language -- Social aspects -- Soviet Union. Yiddish literature -- Soviet Union -- History and criticism. Jews -- Soviet Union -- Identity. Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- Soviet Union. Jewish socialists -- Soviet Union -- History. Light shelf wear. Sticker on dust jacket designating that this is an autographed copy. Very good + condition. (EE-6-9).