Yiddish transformed: Reading habits in the Russian Empire, 1860-1914

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As significant economic, social, political, and cultural transformations swept the Jewish population of Tsarist Russia and Congress Poland between 1860 and 1914, the Yiddish language (Zhargon) began to gain recognition as a central part of the Jewish cultural stage. Yiddish Transformed examines the secular reading habits of East-European Jews as the Jewish community began shifting to a modern society. Author Nathan Cohen explores Jewish reading practices alongside the rise of Yiddish by delving into publishing policies of Yiddish books and newspapers, popular literary genres of the time, the development of Jewish public libraries, as well as personal reflections of reading experiences.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages415
ISBN (Electronic)9781800739673
ISBN (Print)9781800739666
StatePublished - 9 Jun 2023

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