Makers of Jewish modernity : thinkers, artists, leaders, and the world they made / editors, Jacques Picard, Jacques Revel, Michael P. Steinberg, Idith Zertal ; editorial assistant and photography curator: Ulrich Schutz.

"This superb collection presents more than forty incisive portraits of leading Jewish thinkers, artists, scientists, and other public figures of the last hundred years who, in their own unique ways, engaged with and helped shape the modern world. Makers of Jewish Modernity features entries on p...

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Other Authors: Picard, Jacques, (Editor), Revel, Jacques, 1942- (Editor), Steinberg, Michael P., (Editor), Zertal, Idith, (Editor), Flem, Lydia.
Format: Book
Published: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The editors of this essay collection exceed their stated goal of showing how various Jewish public figures "transformed the 20th century," through 43 profiles of subjects both expected (Freud, Einstein, Kafka, Ben-Gurion) and surprising (novelist Clarice Lispector, poet Dahlia Ravikovitch, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen). The target audience is more academic than lay, as section headings such as "Pragmatism and Boasian Anthropology" suggest. However, those nonacademics willing to struggle through sometimes dense prose ("The codes of any transformation can generally be read in shifting episteme (or epistemes)") will find thought-provoking explorations of the varying ways Jewish identity has influenced, and been influenced by, changes in every imaginable field, including science, art, and politics. The mix of subjects is truly diverse, embracing Jews who were deeply religious (such as Rabbi Avraham Kook) and those who were fiercely secular (such as Rosa Luxembourg), and the diversity extends to geography as well. The entries, which assume no prior knowledge, convey a great deal of information and cogent analysis in a short space. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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