By Jonathan Frankel
This selection of essays examines the politicization and the politics of the Jewish humans within the Russian empire in the course of the past due tsarist interval. the point of interest is the Russian revolution of 1905, whilst the political mobilization of the Jewish adolescence took on immense proportions, generating a cohort of radicalized activists - devoted to socialism, nationalism, or either - who might exert a rare impact on Jewish heritage within the twentieth-century in japanese Europe, the us, and Palestine. Frankel describes the dynamics of 1905 and the best function of the intelligentsia as revolutionaries, ideologues, and observers. yet, in different places, he additionally seems backwards to the emergent degree of recent Jewish politics in either Russia and the West and ahead to the half performed by way of the veterans of 1905 in Palestine and the USA.
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We all serve one God, and are in reality but one people; why, then, should we be weak in the midst of strength, poor in 39 40 41 “Obozrenie . . ”, Razsvet, no. 18, p. 289. “Hadashot”, Hameliz, no. 6, p. 95. “Vnutrennye izvestiia”, Razsvet, no. 13 (19 August, 1860), p. 220. Jewish Politics and the Press 43 the possession of wealth? . Is it not then the acme of folly for us . .
As documents came in from 23 24 25 “Abraham Geigers Briefe an J. Derenbourg [November 22, 1840],” Allgemeine Zeitung des Judenthums 60, no. 24 (June 12, 1896): 284. , Howard Sachar, The Course of Modern Jewish History (New York, 1958), pp. 133–36. S. M. Dubnov, Noveishaia istoriia evreiskogo naroda ot frantsuzskoi revoliutsii do nashikh dnei, vol. 2 (Riga, 1938), p. 241, published in English as The History of the Jews, vol. 5 (London, 1973), p. 250. 26 Part I. New Dynamics? the Middle East, they were translated, distributed to the press, and published.
34 Part I. New Dynamics? 10 Even though the Jewish population world-wide is estimated to have reached as high as five million by mid-century, the circulation of the mainstream Jewish journals (those carrying news) had by then very possibly not reached a combined total of even ten thousand. All things considered, the answer to this question should, I believe, be decidedly in the negative. There are a number of factors which should be set against the minuscule size of the sales. First, it has to be remembered that, especially in Eastern Europe where few could afford the cost of a journal, a single copy of Hamagid, Hameliz, Hakarmel or Kol Mevaser, would often be passed from hand to hand during the course of the week, thus multiplying the real, as opposed to the formal, circulation many times over.
Crisis, Revolution, and Russian Jews by Jonathan Frankel