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Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration

A book talk with author TODD PRESNER, UCLA, Germanic Languages, and discussant PAUL LERNER, USC, History

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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