Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
October 14, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Acculturating Jews were among the most prominent publishers of Polish books in nineteenth-century Warsaw, and as their economic activities increasingly drew them into Polish political, cultural and social life, their bookstores and homes provided spaces of interaction between Polish and Jewish cultural figures. This talk will investigate the role of the book trade as a social and cultural space in which Jews grappled with evolving ideologies of nationalism and culture in Eastern Europe. The challenges of Jewish integration underscored contradictions in the role of language, culture and religion in conceptions of national identity from the perspective of everyday life.