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T.M.C. Asser (1838-1913) (2 vols.)

“In Quest of Liberty, Justice, and Peace”


Arthur Eyffinger

This publication presents a comprehensive review of the life and intellectual legacy of the Dutch Nobel Peace laureate and father of the Hague tradition of international law. It is the first research study based on a wealth of recently disclosed private and family files, and deepens and modifies all earlier evaluations. It enlarges on Asser’s achievements as legal practitioner, university don, pioneer of private international law, diplomat and arbitrator, and State Councillor. It discusses his durable impact as founder of international law bodies and institutions. It likewise highlights the impressive Asser family tradition that exemplifies 19th-century Jewish emancipation in Amsterdam, addresses Asser’s youth and student years, his role as family man and the impact of personal drama on his career.

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‘Of Inconspicuous, if Honest Lineage’



                                      Through the Mists of Time

1.1                                17th century amsterdam jewry

1.1.1                             The Historical Backdrop

1.1.2                             Dutch Opportunism

1.1.3                             The First Pockets of the Sephardim

1.1.4                             Toleration and Trade

1.1.5                             Internal Friction

1.1.6                             The Ashkenazi Immigration Gulf

1.1.7                             Social Bifurcation

1.2                                THE ARRIVAL OF THE ASSERS

1.2.1                             The  Surname

1.2.2                             Kalman and Margalioth

1.2.3                             The Asser-Shochets

1.2.4                             Salomon Asser-Shochet (1731-1796)

1.2.5                             Plantations along Essequibo River

CHAPTER  2        Moses Salomon Asser (1754-1826) 

                                      A Rebel with A Cause

2.1                                THE FOUNDING FATHER

2.1.1                             Character

2.1.2                             Upbringing

2.1.3                             Marriage and Early Career

2.1.4                             Hermanus Leonard Bromet (1724-1812)

2.2                                ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRISIS     

2.2.1                             The Amsterdam Ashkenazim

2.2.2                             The Amsterdam Sephardim

2.2.3                            Jewish Identity Crisis

2.2.4                             Enlightenment and Patriot Movement

2.2.5                             The Batavian Republic (1795-1806)

2.3                                THE RISE OF MOSES SALOMON

2.3.1                             Business Man and Lawyer

2.3.2                             Felix Libertate (1795)

2.3.3                             Adat Yeshurun (1796)

2.4                                LAW REFORM AND CODIFICATION

2.4.1                             The Code of Commerce (1806)

2.4.2                             French Administrative Reform

2.4.3                             Due Recognition

2.5                                LAST YEARS AND DEMISE


                                      Consolidating Success

3.1                                Carel Asser (1780-1836)

3.1.1                             Character and Upbringing

3.1.2                             Marriage

3.1.3                             Propagation of the Jewish Cause

3.1.4                             Carel Asser and Jonas Daniel Meijer

3.1.5                             The Kemper Codification Committee

3.1.6                             Later Years

3.2                                Tobias Asser (1783-1847)

3.2.1                              Youth and Family Life

3.2.2                              Jewish Identity

3.2.3                             Entertainment at Singel 548


                                      ‘The Little Darlings’

4.1                                Louis Asser (1802-1850)

4.1.1                             Professional Career

4.1.2                             Poetry

4.1.3                             Louis and Netje

4.2                                Anna Gratie Marianne Asser (1807-1893)

4.2.1                             Willful Womanhood

4.2.2                             Writing Talents

4.2.3                             Intellectual Training

4.2.4                             Passion for the Theatre

4.2.5                             ‘Le Théatre du Singel’

4.2.6                             A Pre-Arranged Match

4.2.7                             The Years of Marriage

4.3                                Eduard Isaac Asser (1809-1894)

4.3.1                             Personality

4.3.2                             Artistic Outpouring

4.3.3                             Doctorate and German Tour

4.3.4                             Poetry

4.3.5                             ‘Life is No Eden’

4.3.6                  &nbs

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The Jewish Question

History of a Marxist Debate


Enzo Traverso

In The Jewish Question: History of a Marxist Debate, Enzo Traverso explores the causes and the forms of the encounter that took place, from the middle of the nineteenth century to the Holocaust, between the intelligentsia of a cosmopolitan minority and the most radical ideological current of Western modernity. From Karl Marx to the Frankfurt School, the 'Jewish Question' — to a set of problems related to emancipation and anti-Semitism, cultural assimilation and Zionism — raised significant controversies within Marxist theory. Enzo Traverso carefully reconstructs this intellectual debate that runs over more than a century, pointing out both its achievements and its blind alleys.

This is the second edition, completely rewritten and updated, of a book already translated into many languages (originally published in French, then translated into English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Turkish).
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The Jew in Czech and Slovak Imagination, 1938-89

Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Zionism


Hana Kubátová and Jan Láníček

The Jew in Czech and Slovak Imagination,1938-89 is the first critical inquiry into the nature of anti-Jewish prejudices in both main parts of former Czechoslovakia. The authors identify anti-Jewish prejudices over almost fifty years of the twentieth century, focusing primarily on the post-Munich period and the Second World War (1938–45), the post-war reconstruction (1945–48), as well as the Communist rule with both its thaws and returns to hardline rule (1948–89). It is a provocative examination of the construction of the image of ‘the Jew’ in the Czech and Slovak majority societies, the assigning of character and other traits – real or imaginary – to individuals or groups. The book analyses the impact of these constructed images on the attitudes of the majority societies towards the Jews, and on Holocaust memory in the country.
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Golda Akhiezer

The present study is the first of its kind to deal with Eastern European Karaite historical thought. It focuses on the social functions of Karaite historical narratives concerning the rise of Karaism from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The book also deals with the image of Karaism created by Protestants, and with the perception of Karaism by some leaders of the Haskalah movement, especially the scholars of Hokhmat Israel. In both cases, Karaism was seen as an orientalistic phenomenon whereby the “enlightened” European scholars romanticized the “indigenous” people, while the Karaites (themselves), adopted this romantic images, incorporating it into their own national discourse. Finally, the book sheds new light on several conventional notions that shaped the study of Karaism from the nineteenth century.
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Akim Volynsky

A Hidden Russian-Jewish Prophet


Helen Tolstoy

In Akim Volynsky: A Hidden Russian-Jewish Prophet Helen Tolstoy goes far beyond the accepted image of Akim Volynsky as a controversial literary critic of the 1890s who ran the first journal of Russian Symbolists, promoted philosophic idealism and proposed the first modernist reading of Dostoevsky. This book, through the study of periodicals and archive materials, offers a new view of Volynsky as a champion of Symbolist theater, supporter of Jewish playwrights, an ardent partisan of Habima theater and finally, a theoretician of Jewish theater. Throughout his life, Volynsky was a seeker of a Jewish-Christian synthesis, both religious and moral. His grand universalist view made him the first to see the true value of leading Russian writers – his contemporaries Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
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Edited by Tessa Knighton

The Companion to Music in the Age of the Catholic Monarchs, edited by Tess Knighton, offers a major new study that deepens and enriches our understanding of the forms and functions of music that flourished in late medieval Spanish society. The fifteen essays, written by leading authorities in the field, present a synthesis based on recently discovered material that throws new light on different aspects of musical life during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabel (1474-1516): sacred and secular music-making in royal and aristocratic circles; the cathedral music environment; liturgy and power; musical connections with Rome, Portugal and the New World; theoretical and unwritten musical practices; women as patrons and performers; and the legacy of Jewish musical tradition.
Contributors are Mercedes Castillo Ferreira, Giuseppe Fiorentino, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Eleazar Gutwirth, Tess Knighton, Kenneth Kreitner, Javier Marín López, Ascensión Mazuela-Anguita, Bernadette Nelson, Pilar Ramos López, Emilio Ros-Fábregas, Juan Ruiz Jiménez, Richard Sherr, Ronald Surtz, and Jane Whetnall.
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Zeev Levin

Zeev Levin seeks to provide a comprehensive picture of government efforts to socialize the Jewish masses in Uzbekistan, a process in which the central Soviet government took part, together with the local, republican and regional administrations and Soviet Jewish activists. This research presents a chapter in the history of the Jews in Uzbekistan, as well as contributing to the study of the socialization process of the Jewish population in the USSR in general. It also contributes to the study of relations among political and government bodies and decision makers. The study is based on archival documents and provides a unique glance at the implementation of Soviet nationalities policy towards Bukharan Jews while comparing it to other national minority groups in Uzbekistan.
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Jewishness in Russian Culture

Within and Without


Edited by Leonid Katsis and Helen Tolstoy

Jewishness in Russian Culture is devoted to new approaches and methods for the study of Jewish acculturation in Russian literature and its effects. It attempts to redefine criteria and borders of a discipline situated roughly between Judaica Rossica and Rossica Judaica. The monograph describes a series of important literary Russian-Jewish cultural events and figures belonging synchronically or diachronically to both disciplines. Thus it unites within a new conceptual framework the data accumulated by scholars and disciplines that exist separately in different research spaces that do not overlap, Jewish Studies and the history of Russian culture. The emerging picture shows the development of a historical plot along the axis of acculturation and anti-Semitism, accepting and/or trying to be accepted, being rejected and/or rejecting, and being within or without.
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A Gateway between a Distant God and a Cruel World

The Contribution of Jewish German-Speaking Scholars to International Law


Reut Yael Paz

Through a collective biographical methodology of four scholars (Hans Kelsen, Hans J. Morgenthau, Hersch Lauterpacht and Erich Kaufmann) this book investigates how Jewish identity and intellectual ties to Judaic civilisation in the German speaking and legal context influenced international law. By using biblical constitutive metaphors, it argues that Jewish German lawyers inherited, inter alia, a particular Jewish legal approach that ‘made’ their understanding of the law as a means to reach God. The overarching argument is that because of their Jewish heritage, Jewish scholars inherited the endorsement of earthly particularism for the sake of universalism and the other way around: for the sake of universalism, humanity’s differences need to be solved through the law.
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The Veil of Moses

Jewish Themes in Russian Literature of the Romantic Era


Michael Weisskopf

The Veil of Moses describes the creation of Russian romantic literary stereotypes which shaped the opinion of the Russian public on the Jews. These stereotypes in turn generated long-lasting habits of dealing with Jews and Jewish themes in Russian culture and politics. This volume introduces a formidable corpus of previously neglected evidence into the scholarship, namely, journalism and second- and third-rank prose. Journalism, influenced by more humane Western attitudes, reflected changes and presented a more objective picture of the Jews. It was the romantic prose, full of mythology and appealing to dark instincts that created the most odious anti-semitic clichés.