The Life and Work of S. M. Dubnov

The Life and Work of S. M. Dubnov

Diaspora Nationalism and Jewish History
Dubnov-Erlich, Sophie
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/1991
Format: Hardback 10 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-31836-7
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... a welcome and unusual glimpse of the private side of one of East European Jewry’s most influential public figures."—American Historical Review

... an absorbing introduction to one of the truly original thinkers in modern Jewish history." —Heritage Southwest Jewish Press

For a complete picture of the Polish/Russian world of the twentieth century, this book should be required reading."—AJL Newsletter

This is a memoir and biography by an extraordinary woman about her father, a pioneer in the field of Jewish history as well as a leading political activist among East European Jews during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book chronicles Dubnov's personal, professional, and ideological development during a period of intense change for the Jews of the Russian Empire, from the Haskalah to the first years of World War II.

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Table of Contents

S.M. Dubnov: Historian and Ideologist
Jonathan Frankel


1. Sources
2. On the School Bench
3. Rebellion
4. Wandering
5. In the Northern Capital
6. The Preacher of Free Thought
7. At the Crossroads
8. History Was Revealed to Me
9. The Odessa Literary Circle
10. The Spirit of the Past
11. Works and Days
12. Between Journalism and Poetry
13. Thoughts on Old and New Jewry
14. Farewell to the South
15. In the Jerusalem
16. Year of Revolution
17. The Moral of Terrible Days
18. Back in St. Petersburg
19. Unity in Variety
20. At Work on the Magnum Opus
21. On the Eve of War
22. The Thunder of Guns
23. The Great Upheaval
24. Into the Whirlpool
25. An Island amid the Elements
26. Meeting the West
27. Fulfilling the Vow
28. The Golden Autumn
29. Seventieth Birthday
30. In a New Nest
31. Victory over Loneliness
32. Work Continues
33. The Twilight of Europe
From the Author
Life with Grandfather by Victor Erlich

Editor’s Notes

Illustrations on pp.iv, 35, and 64-69