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By Seán Hand

Regardless of an outpouring of scholarship at the Holocaust, little paintings has occupied with what occurred to Europe's Jewish groups after the battle ended. and in contrast to many different eu countries during which the vast majority of the Jewish inhabitants perished, France had an important post‑war Jewish group that numbered within the millions. Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945–1955 bargains new perception on key elements of French Jewish lifestyles within the many years following the tip of worldwide warfare II.

How Jews have been handled through the conflict persevered to steer either Jewish and non-Jewish society within the post-war years. the quantity examines the ways that ethical and political problems with accountability mixed with the pressing difficulties and practicalities of recovery, and it illustrates how nationwide imperatives, overseas dynamics, and a replaced self-perception all profoundly helped to form the fortunes of postwar French Judaism.Comprehensive and expert, this quantity bargains a wealthy number of views on Jewish reports, smooth and modern historical past, literary and cultural research, philosophy, sociology, and theology.

With contributions from best students, together with Edward Kaplan, Susan Rubin Suleiman, and Jay wintry weather, the ebook establishes a number of connections among such assorted parts of outrage because the operating of orphanages, the institution of recent social and political businesses, the recovery of training and spiritual amenities, and the advance of highbrow responses to the Holocaust. finished and proficient, this quantity might be necessary to readers operating in Jewish reviews, smooth and modern background, literary and cultural research, philosophy, sociology, and theology.

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The mechanics of this taut ritual relies on an elevation of everyday materials and manners. The semantic fields of spirit, rigour and symbolic reversals combine to sacramentalize tea, transporting us from our everyday to the otherworldly integrations of tea. The previous account of Hakata tea pleasures presents tea as social, aesthetic and spiritual. Tea also functions in Japanese society as cultural capital and other embodied forms of knowledge. The delight of these Hakata tea moments is located at the nexus of local identity and national culture, and these tea routines are wholesome ways of structuring weekly, seasonal and annual routines.

Ruling elites tempered this rhetoric with the implied promise of vernal rebirth in the eternal edifice of the nation. Cherry blossoms, symbol of peace and war,47 advocate the inevitability of individual obliteration as nation-building. ’49 It is important to note the existence of Jien’s poem more than 600 years before provisions of the 1908 Army Criminal Code that awarded the death penalty to any ‘commander who allows his unit to surrender to the enemy without fighting to the last man or who concedes a strategic area to the enemy’,50 and to contrast this martial image of the national spirit with Sassa’s 1911 idealized, almost pacifist, aesthetes.

The following chapters address certain ideological subtexts of tea by positioning tea-room pleasures as being framed by various forms of power and authority. The keywords of subjectivity, transience and national identity are applied to that literary culture indexed by tea’s seasonal references. The manner in which tea practices are taught in the grand master model of cultural transmission is examined in terms of how tea invokes and sustains the idea of a distinctive Japanese national culture. Two films that depict Sen no Rikyu# are examined in terms of this lethal discourse of transience and how they comment on sixteen generations of institutionalized tea pedagogy.

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