Public History oltre lo Stato: presentare il passato Yiddish nell’Europa contemporanea

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dc.contributor.author ZAAGSMA, Gerben
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T11:23:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T11:23:38Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Memoria e Ricerca, 2011, 37, 2, 129-142 en
dc.identifier.issn 1127-0195
dc.identifier.issn 1972-523X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/19177
dc.description.abstract This article analyses how Europe’s ‘Yiddish past’ is presented, commemorated and engaged with in contemporary Europe from a Public History perspective. It investigates the ways in which Yiddish, its culture and its speakers, are inscribed in representations of Jewish history in museums, websites, and other settings. In doing so a distinction is made between Western Europe, where Yiddish-speaking immigrants and their culture formed but a part of local Jewish populations, and Central/Eastern Europe, where Jewish life was to a large extent Yiddish life. The article shows how a growing attention for migration in Western Europe, and the demand for Jewish heritage from abroad in Central and Eastern Europe, drive new and revised versions of Jewish, as well as national, historical narratives. It also contrasts such larger developments and contexts with local, ‘bottom-up’, activities. At the same it moves beyond national contexts and considers the role that European institutions play in preserving Yiddish heritage. The article argues that definitions of Public History, which predominantly focus on how professional historians take history to a broader non-academic public, are insufficient. The case of Yiddish in Europe also highlights the important role of the state in driving public history activities. en
dc.language.iso it en
dc.subject Jewish history en
dc.subject Yiddish en
dc.subject Europe en
dc.subject Public History en
dc.subject Representation en
dc.subject Museums en
dc.title Public History oltre lo Stato: presentare il passato Yiddish nell’Europa contemporanea en
dc.title.alternative Public History beyond the State: Presenting the Yiddish past in contemporary Europe
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.3280/MER2011-037008


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