Becoming Habsburg: the Jews of Habsburg Bukovina, 1774-1918 by David RechterBecoming Habsburg: the Jews of Habsburg Bukovina, 1774-1918 by David Rechter

Becoming Habsburg: the Jews of Habsburg Bukovina, 1774-1918

byDavid Rechter

Hardcover | July 4, 2013

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Habsburg Bukovina no longer exists, save in the realms of historiography, nostalgia, and collective memory. Remembered for its remarkable multinational, multi-faith character, Bukovina and its capital city Czernowitz have long been presented as exemplars of inter-ethnic co-operation, politicalmoderation, and cultural dynamism, with Jews regarded as indispensable to the region's character and vitality. This is not 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 whileembedding 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 minority in the monarchy's easternmost province, often a byword for economic 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 inthe Jewish experience in Europe.
David 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), ...
Title:Becoming Habsburg: the Jews of Habsburg Bukovina, 1774-1918Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904113958

ISBN - 13:9781904113959

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