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Yiddish Civilisation The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation

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ISBN-10: 1400033772

ISBN-13: 9781400033775

Edition: N/A

Authors: Paul Kriwaczek

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.10" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Maps
Introduction
Bist a Yid?
Roots Schmoots!
Nostalgie de la Boue
The Jews of Rome
A Basket and a Truss of Hay
From the Mediterranean to the Baltic
As Strange as a Circumcised Unicorn
Sennan and Zippan
The Remaking of Western Europe
Charles's Elephant
New Borders, New Allegiances
Drang Nach Osten
At the Crossroads
In Every Castle a King
A Blessing Upon Mieszko, King of Poland
The New Yiddish World
The Language
The Literature
The Religion
The Scholarly Tradition
Political Consolidation
Landowners, Merchants, Artisans, Servants
At the Jewish Inn
The Reformation
Hussites
Luther
Now a Miracle Happened
The Yiddish Renaissance
Cracow
Prague
Dovid Gans
Wide Horizons
Wealth and Honour
The Great Divide
The Deluge
The Cossacks
Poverty and Disgrace
Decline...
Who Permits the Forbidden
The Holy Creed of Edom
The Famous Ba'al Shem Tov, May his Light Long Shine
Oppose them Strongly
...and Fall
The "Jewish Problem"
Words that Fall on us Like Lashes
Shakespearean Tragedy
Exodus
A Winter Flowering
Notes
Bibliography
Index