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Languages of Community: The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands

Hillel Kieval

Abstract

This book examines the contours and distinctive features of Jewish experience in the lands of Bohemia and Moravia (the present-day Czech Republic), from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century. In the Czech lands, the book states, Jews have felt the need constantly to define and articulate the nature of group identity, cultural loyalty, memory, and social cohesiveness, and the period of “modernizing” absolutism, which began in 1780, brought changes of enormous significance. From that time forward, new relationships with Gentile society and with the culture of the state blurred the tr ... More

Keywords: Jewish experience, Moravia, Bohemia, Czech Republic, Jews, group identity, cultural loyalty, community, absolutism, Czech lands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520214101
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520214101.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hillel Kieval, author