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The Most Musical NationJews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire$
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James Loeffler

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300137132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300137132.001.0001

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The Neighbors' Melodies

The Neighbors' Melodies

The Politics of Music in War and Revolution

(p.173) Chapter 5 The Neighbors' Melodies
The Most Musical Nation

James Loeffler

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how Russian Jewish culture began to unravel from within as early as the first years of World War I, beginning with a now classic ideological debate over the very Jewishness of Jewish music. It analyzes how the complicated fate of Russian Jewish culture reflected the multiple legacies and divergent experiences of Jews in interwar Soviet Russia, Mandatory Palestine, and the United States. The chapter also suggests that the resurgence of Jewish politics coupled with the broader aesthetic challenge of European modernism that led to the decisive breakdown of the Jewish cultural movement.

Keywords:   Russian Jewish culture, Jewishness, Jewish music, Jewish politics, European modernism, Jewish cultural movement

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