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The End of Jewish Modernity

Enzo Traverso

The End of Jewish Modernity

Enzo Traverso

Distributed for Pluto Press

Translated by David Fernbach
176 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9780745336664 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745336619 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Jewish modernity flourished between the age of Enlightenment and World War II—and in fact was a major driver of intellectual, scientific, social, literary, and artistic progress in that period. But the age of Jewish modernity is over.
            That’s the argument that historian Enzo Traverso mounts in this provocative book. With great sensitivity and nuance, he teases out the fundamentally conservative turn that the mainstream of Jewish thought has taken in the years since World War II, revealing its roots in the Holocaust and the establishment of the United Nations and Israel as the new poles of Jewish communal life. Building his argument on a highly original reading of Hannah Arendt’s writings on Jewishness and politics, Traverso offers both an elegy to a lost tradition and a damning intellectual history of the present.
 
Contents
Introduction 
1. What Was Jewish Modernity? 
2. Cosmopolitanism, Mobility and Diaspora
3. Intellectuals Between Critique and Power
4. Between Two Epochs: Jewishness and Politics in Hannah Arendt
5. Metamorphoses: From Judeophobia to Islamophobia
6. Zionism: Return to the Ethnos
7. The Civil Religion of the Holocaust 
Conclusion
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Times Literary Supplement
“Provocative . . . . Stimulating. . . Traverso argues that the memory of the Holocaust is the new global civil religion.”
Michael Löwy, Emeritus Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
"Traverso is without doubt the most gifted historian of his generation. His book on Jewish modernity is, as all his writings, a unique combination of radical commitment and brilliant scholarship."
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