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Terms of Survival : The Jewish World Since 1945 - Robert S. Wistrich

Terms of Survival

The Jewish World Since 1945

By: Robert S. Wistrich (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415100564
Number Of Pages: 480

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In "Terms of Survival" Robert Wistrich brings together research from a range of outstanding contributors focussed on the Jewish experience in the post-War world. The result is a panoramic overview of Jewish life since 1945, covering demographics, social and religious trends in Israel and the Diaspora, Jewish political behavior and cultural creativity. Essays provide unique insight into such issues as the impact of the communities in Western Europe and the USA, the challenge facing Jews in the former USSR, the persistence of anti-semitism, and responses to new currents of ethnic identity.
As we approach the end of the 20th century, the need for such stock-taking of the Jewish world as it has emerged from the catastrophe of the Holocaust and rejuvenated itself against considerable odds, is more pressing than ever. On the one hand, post-war Jewry, both in Israel and in the Diaspora, has become more self-assertive and politicized in the defense of its interests, and more militant in manifesting its Jewishness; on the other hand, the process of assimilation, the persistence of antisemitism and the hostility to Israel, as well as the terrible losses during the Holocaust which can never be compensated, feed continuing anxieties and uncertainties.
This collection is of value to all those interested in contemporary Jewish affairs, ethnicity in the modern world, religion and Israeli history. The extensive bibliographical material will nourish future research, while general readers will find the essays a window into the diverse, complex and fascinating saga of Jewish existence since the Holocaust.

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"The Jewish fate, in all its majesty, terror and mystery, continues to merit curiosity and reflection. This impressive and authoritative book ranges across continents and disciplines to make that fate relevant. To the specialist, "Terms of Survival will be indispensable; to the serious general reader, it will be engrossing." -Stephen J. Whitfield

List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The Post-War Jewish Worldp. 1
Changing Cores and Peripheries: Fifty Years in Socio-Demographic Perspectivep. 13
The Demographic Impact of the Holocaustp. 44
Emigration and Aliyah: A Reassessment of Israeli and Jewish Policiesp. 59
The New Jewish Politics in Americap. 86
The Skills and Economic Status of American Jewryp. 115
Modernization, Ethnicity and the Post-War Jewish Worldp. 130
The Political Profile of American Jewryp. 147
American Jews and United States Foreign Policy (1945-90)p. 168
Soviet Jewry - A Community in Turmoilp. 195
Ethnicity and the Jewish Vote: The French Casep. 231
Jewish Political Attitudes and Voting Patterns in England 1945-87p. 249
Anti-Semitism in Europe After 1945p. 269
Religious Trends Among American and Israeli Jewsp. 299
Change and Continuity in American Judaism: The Case of Nathan Glazerp. 320
Protestant Attitudes to Jews and Judaism During the Last Fifty Yearsp. 332
Catholic Perceptions of the Jewish People Since the Second World Warp. 349
The Spanish-Speaking World and the Jews: The Last Half-Centuryp. 358
Breaking the Mould: The Maturing of Hebrew Literaturep. 385
The Jewish Writer and the Problem of Evilp. 412
State and Real Estate: Territoriality and the Modern Jewish Imaginationp. 428
Indexp. 449
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ISBN: 9780415100564
ISBN-10: 0415100569
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 16th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1

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