Muscular Judaism by P-TaylorFrancis

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Providing valuable insights into an element of European nationalism and modernist culture, this book explores the development of the 'Zionist body' as opposed to the traditional stereotype of the physically weak, intellectual Jew. It charts the cultural and intellectual history showing how the 'Muscle Jew' developed as a political symbol of national regeneration.

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									Muscular Judaism
Routledge Jewish Studies

Author: Todd Samuel Presner
Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Origins of Muscular Judaism 2. The Rhetoric of Regeneration: "Clear Heads, Solid
Stomachs, and Hard Muscles" 3. The Aesthetics of Regeneration: Martin Buber, E. M. Lilien, and the
Aesthetic State 4. The Gymnastics of Regeneration: The Anatomo-politics of the Jewish Body 5. The
Land of Regeneration: Seafaring Jews and the Zionist Colonial Imaginary 6. Soldiers of Regeneration: The
Military Might of Old-New Maccabees and the Great War Concluding Remarks
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Providing valuable insights into an element of European nationalism and modernist culture, this book
explores the development of the 'Zionist body' as opposed to the traditional stereotype of the physically
weak, intellectual Jew. It charts the cultural and intellectual history showing how the 'Muscle Jew'
developed as a political symbol of national regeneration.
Reviews

'This is a seminal book. It is a book that any one interested in European thought from the 1860s to the
Holocaust and the founding of the state of Israel must read. It is a book of depth and breadth; one that
reflects the inordinate strength of a discipline about how to flex its muscles without embarrassment.



'Presner's Muscular Judaism is evidence of excellent scholarship. His book is an outcome of a serious,
illuminating, and original dissertation project that successfully integrates its insights into a well-
established field of research and contributes to an ongoing critical discussion on the origins and
implications of the Zionist discourse. The book is very well written, its arguments are clear and
convincing. Presner's use of theory is useful but not exaggerated, and his historiographical methods are
very productive



'Presner's Muscular Judaism is evidence of excellent scholarship. His book is an outcome of a serious,
illuminating, and original dissertation project that successfully integrates its insights into a well-
established field of research and contributes to an ongoing critical discussion on the origins and
implications of the Zionist discourse. The book is very well written, its arguments are clear and
convincing. Presner's use of theory is useful but not exaggerated, and his historiographical methods are
very productive

								
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