Zionists in Interwar Czechoslovakia (Hardcover)

Minority Nationalism and the Politics of Belonging (Modern Jewish Experience)

By Tatjana Lichtenstein

Indiana University Press, 9780253018670, 494pp.

Publication Date: April 18, 2016

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This book presents an unconventional history of minority nationalism in interwar Eastern Europe. Focusing on an influential group of grassroots activists, Tatjana Lichtenstein uncovers Zionist projects intended to sustain the flourishing Jewish national life in Czechoslovakia.The book shows that Zionism was not an exit strategy for Jews, but as a ticket of admission to the societies they already called home.It explores how and why Zionists envisioned minority nationalism as a way to construct Jews' belonging and civic equality in Czechoslovakia.By giving voice to the diversity of aspirations within interwar Zionism, the book offers a fresh view of minority nationalism and state building in Eastern Europe.

About the Author

Tatjana Lichtenstein is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.