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Jews in Modern Europe Study Group

Jewish Revolutionaries in Exile


September 8, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall
September 8, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

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This lecture examines a cohort of Jews from Bohemia, Moravia, Hungary, Austria and Galicia who were forced to flee the Habsburg Empire following the Revolutions of 1848 due to their activities as journalists, publicists, and political agitators. Once in exile (in Paris, London, Constantinople and elsewhere), they formed an extensive network and, in many cases, transferred their revolutionary zeal to the Communist and Social Democratic movements. I am particularly interested in exploring how their common experience of homelessness and exile shaped their attitudes towards their own Jewishness and towards their home countries and increasingly propelled them into international (and internationalist) political movements.

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