Leon Pinsker and “Autoemancipation!”: A Reevaluation

@article{Shumsky2011LeonPA,
  title={Leon Pinsker and “Autoemancipation!”: A Reevaluation},
  author={Dimitry Shumsky},
  journal={Jewish Social Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={18},
  pages={33 - 62}
}
Using recently uncovered writings by Leon Pinsker, the proto-Zionist thinker, the current article challenges the generally accepted understanding of Pinsker’s intellectual development as moving “from assimilation to nationalism.” In particular, the article reevaluates the idea that in his pamphlet “Autoemancipation!” Pinsker proposed territorial nationalism as an ideological substitute for Jewish civic emancipation in the Diaspora, particularly in the Russian empire. Rather, Pinsker held that… Expand
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