Theodor Herzl : from assimilation to Zionism

Jacques Kornberg

How did Theodor Herzl, an assimilated German nationalist in the 1880s, suddenly in the 1890s become the founder of Zionism? Jacques Kornberg offers a novel and provocative explanation in Herzl's struggle to resolve his own personal conflict over his Jewish identity. Kornberg charts Herzl's intellectual development against the background of Austrian political history from the late 1870s through 1896, the date of his revolutionary manifesto, The Jewish State. As a Viennese aesthete and writer in the 1880s, Herzl sought to shed the taint of Jewish materialism and to distance himself from less assimilated Jews. The rise to power of the anti-Semitic Christian Social Party in the 1890s started Herzl on the road to a new self-transformative Jewish politics. Kornberg attributes particular significance to Herzl's 1894 play, "The New Ghetto", as marking a definitive break with the idea of Austro-German assimilation. In Kornberg's view the play reveals for the first time Herzl's vision, later defined in The Jewish State, that the virtues he previously believed Jews were to gain through assimilation - independence, physical courage, idealism - were now to be realized by the founding of a secular Jewish state.

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  • Acknowledgments Introduction: From Austro-German Assimilationist to Zionist Part I Herzl in the 1880s 1. Herzl as Assimilationist 2. Herzl as German Nationalist 3. Herzl, an Ambivalent Jew Part II Vienna in the 1890s 4. Herzl and Vienna, the New Capital of Antisemitism Part III Herzl in the 1890s 5. The Reabsorption of the Jews 6. The New Ghetto 7. The Jewish State 8. The Dreyfus Legend Abbreviations Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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書名 Theodor Herzl : from assimilation to Zionism
著作者等 Kornberg, Jacques
シリーズ名 Jewish literature and culture
出版元 Indiana University Press
刊行年月 c1993
ページ数 xii, 240 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0253332036
NCID BA23630828
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国