Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2008

In Special Issue

Civil Rights and Multiculturalism
Simon Dubnov’s Concept of Diaspora Nationalism

Anke Hilbrenner

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The Russian-Jewish historian Simon Dubnov was the first to ascribe to the Diaspora a major role in shaping Jewish identity. From his analysis of the Jewish experience in Eastern Europe, he developed the concept of “nationalism without a nation-state”: Diaspora Nationalism. The minorities in supranational states were to enjoy the same civil rights as the majority. Their cultural rights were to be guaranteed through the creation of autonomous communities. The field of nationalism studies has largely ignored Dubnov’s work. But his concept is quite relevant to contemporary multicultural European societies.

(Special Issue, pp. 101–116)

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