The Centrifugal Movement

Benjamin Harshav

in Language in Time of Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912960 | DOI:
The Centrifugal Movement

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This chapter concentrates on the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern European origin a) because they constituted the overwhelming majority of world Jewry at the beginning of this period and b) because it was primarily in this group that the organized intrinsic responses to the historical situation—literature ideologies, and the social network—took shape. However, the phenomena on the individual level, particularly modernization, moving from small towns and villages to the cities, changing professions, dropping Yiddish and embracing the dominant language, and entry into the world of general culture, took place in all Jewish communities, either before this revolution or after it. In this respect, Western Europe preceded Eastern Europe, and the rise of North African Jews in France came later.

Keywords: Ashkenazi; Jews; Jewry; social network; modernization; Yiddish; language; culture; revolution; France

Chapter.  1324 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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