"This wide-ranging and innovative collection of essays presents the distinct features of the interwar period in Jewish history throughout the world. Using the year 1929 as a focal point, the volume's essays depict the transition from the tumultuous, yet often hopeful, 1920s to the dire straits of the 1930s. This is a splendid overview of the demographic, political and cultural ferment of the era."
—Derek Penslar, University of Oxford and University of Toronto
"The rare edited volume that is, without exception, consistently first-rate. Taking as its cue a crucial, but surprisingly sparsely explored moment, 1929 opens up a veritable treasure-chest of knowledge and insight into the diplomatic, spatial, cultural, political, and communal history of contemporary Jews. A true gem of a book."
—Steven J. Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and History, Stanford University
"Anthologies are notoriously difficult to evaluate because they are disparate. Withal, the interesting material presented in these articles more than compensates for the inability of some contributors to march under the assigned 1929 banner."
—Henry L. Feingold, The Journal of American History
"The book’s greatest success lies not only in elevating the importance of 1929 as a turning point in Jewish history, but also in problematizing the very notion of periodization. Furthermore, the collection’s focus on this particular year manages to successfully upset several paradigms dominating the study of modern Jewish history and literature. This volume will prove a welcome addition to surveys of modern Jewish history…”
—American Historical Review
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