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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

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

Benjamin Harshav

University of California Press

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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