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French and JewishCulture and the Politics of Identity in Early-Twentieth Century France$
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Nadia Malinovich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113409

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113409.001.0001

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Setting the Stage: Jewish Identity in the Nineteenth Century and the Impact of the Dreyfus Affair

Setting the Stage: Jewish Identity in the Nineteenth Century and the Impact of the Dreyfus Affair

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(p.15) Chapter 1 Setting the Stage: Jewish Identity in the Nineteenth Century and the Impact of the Dreyfus Affair
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French and Jewish
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Nadia Malinovich

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113409.003.0002

This chapter provides a background on Jewish social and cultural history in the nineteenth century and describes the complex impact of the Dreyfus affair on French Jewry. It looks at the first generations of post-revolutionary Jewish intellectuals and communal leaders that had been primarily concerned with promoting Jewish integration and acculturation. It also recounts how the emergence of ethnic nationalism and the modern antisemitic movement forced French Jews to negotiate between a commitment to universalist Enlightenment principles and the racialized discourses of identity. The chapter investigates the explosion of the Dreyfus affair that openly questioned Franco-Judaism and confronted the complexity of Jewish identity in the modern world head-on. It looks at the antisemitism in France, the affair prompted more sympathetic attitude towards Jews in French leftist circles.

Keywords:   Dreyfus affair, French Jewry, post-revolutionary intellectuals, Jewish intellectuals, Jewish integration, Jewish cultural history, Jewish social history, Jewish acculturation, ethnic nationalism, Franco-Judaism

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