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Barricades and Banners

Barricades and Banners The Revolution of 1905 and the Transformation of Warsaw Jewry book cover

Winner of the 2013 Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History, sponsored by ASEEES and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Commendation in the 2008 Fraenkel Prize, sponsored by the Wiener Library.


This book examines the intersection of urban society and modern politics among Jews in turn of the century Warsaw, Europe's largest Jewish center at the time. By focusing on the tumultuous events surrounding the Revolution of 1905, Barricades and Bannersargues that the metropolitanization of Jewish life led to a need for new forms of community and belonging, and that the ensuing search for collective and individual order gave birth to the new institutions, organizations, and practices that would define modern Jewish society and politics for the remainder of the twentieth century.


About the author

Scott Ury is Senior Lecturer in Tel Aviv University's Department of Jewish History, where he also serves as head of the Stephen Roth Center for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism.