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Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Joel Wegmeister and Modern Hasidic Politics in Warsaw

Guesnet, F; (2011) Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Joel Wegmeister and Modern Hasidic Politics in Warsaw. Quest : Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. (2) pp. 209-226. Green open access

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Abstract

This contribution investigates how the emergence of the first modern Jewish metropolis in Warsaw in the second half of the 19th century challenged traditional visions of community cohesion. It argues that the acceleration of political and societal change within the Jewish community allowed observant elites to achieve political and cultural hegemony in Warsaw, and thus offers a sui generis pathway of Jewish metropolitan modernization. This claim is substantiated by following the communal and political involvement of a leading Hasidic civil leader, Joel Wegmeister (1837-1919), co-founder of the first outlets of the Agudat Israel in the Kingdom of Poland before World War One.

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Title: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Joel Wegmeister and Modern Hasidic Politics in Warsaw
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.quest-cdecjournal.it/focus.php?id=222
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087210
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