Revolutionary Hebrew, Empire and Crisis

Four Peaks in Hebrew Literature and Jewish Survival

  • David Aberbach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David Aberbach
    Pages 117-137
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 138-164

About this book


Until 1948, Hebrew literature was created mostly under the rule of empires, notably those of ancient Mesopotamia, Rome, medieval Islam, and Tsarist Russia. Aberbach argues in this controversial book that several of the most original periods in the history of Hebrew coincided with - and resulted partly from - imperial crisis, involving violence against the Jews and radical shifts in Jewish demography and in the global balance of power. Jewish assimilation in the cultures of the empires was arrested, causing a psychological turn inward and the creation of revolutionary Hebrew literature.


assimilation crisis culture demography psychology revolution sociology violence

Authors and affiliations

  • David Aberbach
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.McGill UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Department of SociologyLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK

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