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Jews and the American soul : human nature in the twentieth century

Author: Andrew R Heinze
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jews and the American Soul is the first book to recognize the central role Jews and Jewish values have played in shaping American ideas of the inner life. It overturns the widely shared assumption that modern ideas of human nature derived simply from the nation's Protestant heritage." "Heinze marshals a rich array of evidence to show how individuals ranging from Erich Fromm to Ann Landers changed the way Americans  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
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Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew R Heinze
ISBN: 0691117551 9780691117553
OCLC Number: 54529821
Awards: Short-listed for National Jewish Book Award for Jewish History 2005
Description: xvi, 438 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Jews and the American soul --
One nation under stress, divisible : Jewish immigrants and the national psyche --
The moral universe of the Jews --
Jewish morality and the psychological shift of American culture, 1890-1945 --
Peace of mind : Judaism and the therapeutic polemics of postwar America --
Jews and the American search for meaning, 1950-2000.
Responsibility: Andrew R. Heinze.
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"Jews and the American Soul is the first book to recognize the central role Jews and Jewish values have played in shaping American ideas of the inner life. It overturns the widely shared assumption that modern ideas of human nature derived simply from the nation's Protestant heritage." "Heinze marshals a rich array of evidence to show how individuals ranging from Erich Fromm to Ann Landers changed the way Americans think about mind and soul. The book shows us the many ways that Jewish thinkers influenced everything from the human potential movement and pop psychology to secular spirituality. It also provides fascinating new interpretations of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Western views of the psyche; the clash among Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish moral sensibilities in America; the origins and evolution of America's psychological and therapeutic culture; the role of Jewish women as American public moralists, and more. A must-read for anyone interested in the contribution of Jews and Jewish culture to modern America."--Jacket.

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[M]asterfully weaves together several strands of American and Jewish intellectual, cultural and social history ... this important book succeeds brilliantly. -- Paul Lerner Times Literary Supplement Read more...

 
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