Kenneth B. Moss F'09

Kenneth B. Moss
Felix Posen Chair of Modern Jewish History
History
Johns Hopkins University

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2009
Assistant Professor
History
Johns Hopkins University
Seeing Like a Nation: The Public and Private Lives of East European Jews in the Age of Nationalism, 1890-1939

This project investigates how the spread of nationalism in the Russian-Polish borderlands between 1890 and 1939 reshaped the civic, familial, religious, and intimate lives of the region’s Jews; how disparate Jewish subcultures responded to the growing power of nationhood as the region’s organizing principle; and how Jewish thinkers and novelists reimagined territory, family, and home in relation to the nation. The first part of the project focuses on how the threat/prospect of nationalism reshaped Russian-Jewish debates over religion, class relations, gender, family relations, and Jewish political thought between 1890-1919. The second part of the project examines how Jews in the interwar Polish and Lithuanian nation-states dealt with the apotheosis of nationalism in civic relations with Poles, in Yiddish popular culture, in spiritual practice, tourism and leisure, and in political thought.