War, Jews, and the New Europe: The Diplomacy of Lucien Wolf, 1914-1919 by Mark LeveneWar, Jews, and the New Europe: The Diplomacy of Lucien Wolf, 1914-1919 by Mark Levene

War, Jews, and the New Europe: The Diplomacy of Lucien Wolf, 1914-1919

byMark Levene

Paperback | May 12, 2009

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The First World War was a major watershed in modern Jewish history. Out of it came the Balfour Declaration, a first critical step in the creation of the State of Israel, but also a radical redrafting of the political map of eastern and central Europe, with dramatic and potentially tragicconsequences for its dispersed but substantial Jewish minority. In this lucid work, which was awarded the 1991 Fraenkel Prize for Contemporary History, Mark Levene approaches these developments through the diplomatic endeavours of Lucien Wolf, a British Jew who was both one of the chief exponents ofthe Balfour Declaration and as co-architect of the Minorities Treaty that provided an internationally endorsed framework for Jewish existence in Europe after World War I. Through an analysis of Wolf's diplomacy, Levene examines how Jewish interests throughout Europe were affected by the Great Warand how they were perceived by the warring powers. Levene shows how british support for Zionism was bound up with misconceptions about the Jewish role in Europe, notably that the revolutionary movement in Russia was Jewish-inspired and Jewish-led.Equally, however, he shows how the diplomatic activities of Wolf and his Jewish contemporaries heralded the entry of "world Jewry" as a perceived force in modern politics, and how Wolf himself was preoccupied with eastern Europe and its jews at a precarious time. He also analyses how the waraffected Jewish political self-perceptions, reviewing the context between assimilationists and Zionists in the broader framework of war, peace, and international diplomacy. His consideration of their conflicting claims says much that is of relevance to the contemporary discussion of Zionism as wellas to the problems of ethnic and religious minorities in nation-states.
Mark Levene is Reader in Comparative History at the University of Southampton and a member of the Parkes Institute for Jewish/non-Jewish Relations. Much of his current work relates to his multi-volume project, Genocide in the Age of the Nation-State, volumes 1 and 2 of which appeared in 2005. He is also concerned with wider environment...
Title:War, Jews, and the New Europe: The Diplomacy of Lucien Wolf, 1914-1919Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Levene achieves an impressive critical distance from his subject, and this will possibly place his work among the more authoritative interpretations in the long run ... An immensely valuable book." --Michael Berkowitz, AJS Review