Making Jews Modern: The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires by Sarah Abrevaya SteinMaking Jews Modern: The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires by Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Making Jews Modern: The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires

bySarah Abrevaya Stein

Paperback | October 20, 2006

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On the eve of the 20th century, Jews in the Russian and Ottoman empires were caught up in the major cultural and social transformations that constituted modernity for Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jewries, respectively. What language should Jews speak or teach their children? Should Jews acculturate, and if so, into what regional or European culture? What did it mean to be Jewish and Russian, Jewish and Ottoman, Jewish and modern? Sarah Abrevaya Stein explores how such questions were formulated and answered within these communities by examining the texts most widely consumed by Jewish readers: popular newspapers in Yiddish and Ladino. Examining the press's role as an agent of historical change, she interrogates a diverse array of verbal and visual texts, including cartoons, photographs, and advertisements. This original and lively study yields new perspectives on the role of print culture in imagining national and transnational communities; Stein's work enriches our sense of cultural life under the rule of multiethnic empires and complicates our understanding of Europe's polyphonic modernities.

Sarah Abrevaya Stein is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle.
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Title:Making Jews Modern: The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman EmpiresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:October 20, 2006Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253218934

ISBN - 13:9780253218933

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

List of Figurues
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration, Dates, and Terms

Introduction: Making Jews Modern

Part I. The Yiddish and Ladino Press in the Russian and Ottoman Empires
1. Creating A Yiddish Newspaper Culture
2. Creating a Ladino Newspaper Culture

Part II. Imaging Culture
3. Iconographies of Agitation
4. The Science of Healthy Living

Part III. Advertising Aspiration
5. Images of Daily Life
6. Advertising Anxiety

Epilogue: Imprints of Empire

Notes
Works Cited
Index

Editorial Reviews

In this beautifully conceived, meticulously documented, and intriguing comparative study, Sarah Abrevaya Stein examines the role of the vernacular press as a medium of Jewish modernization in the Tsarist and Ottoman Empires during the latter decades of the nineteeth century and the first decade of the twentieth.Fall 2005