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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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Reshaping Franco-Judaism 1920–1932

Reshaping Franco-Judaism 1920–1932

(p.201) Chapter 8 Reshaping Franco-Judaism 1920–1932
French and Jewish

Nadia Malinovich

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides a typology of themes in the Jewish press and discusses Zionism as the most important influence on French Jewish discourse in the 1920s. It explains how Zionism and Jewishness were often equated with values held in high esteem in French society in the Zionist-oriented press. It also explores the idea of the Jew as a 'link' between East and West, which provided a way for Jews to express their difference while simultaneously reinforcing the idea that they formed a vital and necessary element in Western culture. The chapter mentions Zionist advocates in France who remained committed to the idea of Zionism as a secular 'replacement' for a religiously based Jewish identity. It then looks at a common discourse that emphasized the spiritual and religious aspects of Zionist ideology by extending the idea that the visions of Judaism should not be posed in oppositional terms.

Keywords:   Jewish press, Zionism, Jewishness, French society, Zionist-oriented press, Western culture, Judaism

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