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Language in Time of Revolution$
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Benjamin Harshav

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520079588

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520079588.001.0001

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A New Period in History

A New Period in History

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(p.10) Three A New Period in History
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Language in Time of Revolution
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Benjamin Harshav

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520079588.003.0003

There are no neat boundaries in history. If one looks at broad movements such as “Zionism,” “Romanticism,” “Futurism,” or “Hasidism,” one sees that they are characterized by a heterogeneous but intertwined cluster of institutions, ideas, and features, expressed in specific persons, actions, and texts, and located in a given time and place. If one analyzes such a complex, one sees that for almost every individual phenomenon, motif, or idea, one can find both roots and antecedents in preceding periods. A new trend in history is marked not by the novelty of each detail; instead, one has a new framework that reorganizes various elements in a new way, selects and highlights previously neglected features, adds conspicuous new ones, changes their hierarchies, and thus makes the complex a totally new global entity. When such a framework is perceived as a new trend, it can win a broad following and become a dominant force in society.

Keywords:   Zionism, Romanticism, Futurism, Hasidism, time, place, motif, history, hierarchies

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