1. 'Language raised to the level of a political factor': Yiddish scholarship--
2. 'The idea of the institute is already ripe': the founding and first stages of YIVO, 1924-5--
3. 'From the folk, for the folk, with the folk': academic work, 1925-32--
4. 'The capital of Yiddishland': the geography of Jewish culture, 1925-33--
5. 'To forge intellectual weapons for our people!': Scholarship in times of crisis, 1931-9-- Epilogue: from Vilna to New York-- Conclusion.
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This book is the first history of YIVO, the original center for Yiddish scholarship. Founded by a group of Eastern European intellectuals after World War I, YIVO became both the apex of secular Yiddish culture and the premier institution of Diaspora Nationalism, which fought for Jewish rights throughout the world at a time of rising anti-Semitism. From its headquarters in Vilna, Lithuania, YIVO tried to balance scholarly objectivity with its commitment to the Jewish masses. Using newly recovered documents that were believed destroyed by Hitler and Stalin, Cecile Esther Kuznitz tells for the first time the compelling story of how these scholars built a world-renowned institution despite dire poverty and anti-Semitism. She raises new questions about the relationship between Jewish cultural and political work and analyzes how nationalism arises outside of state power. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781107014206 20160614