During the Roman Empire, when Jewish culture first spread to Europe, Paul Kriwaczek begins this illuminating and immensely pleasurable chronicle of Yiddish civilisation. We see the burgeoning exile population dispersing as its notable diplomats, artists and thinkers make their mark in far-flung citi... es and found a Yiddish world of self-governance. This economically successful, intellectually adventurous, and self-aware society stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea through its late-medieval heyday. Kriwaczek also traces the slow decline of Yiddish culture in Europe and Russia and highlights fresh offshoots in the New World. Combining family anecdote, travelogue, original research, and a keen understanding of Yiddish art and literature, Kriwaczek gives us an exceptional portrait of a culture that still has an influential radiance, though almost extinguished.
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