The intellectual revolution of the 1870s eliyahu stern view inside price 4500 eliyahu sterns jewish materialism recovers a lost intellectual revolution to provocatively sterns jewish materialism provides an expansive reinterpretation of eastern european jewish intellectual history at the moment when jews liberal . Eliyahu stern associate professor of modern jewish intellectual and cultural history yale university press to understand the organizing framework of modern judaism eliyahu stern believes that we should look deeper and further than the holocaust the establishment of the state of israel and the influence and affluence of american jewry. In the opening pages of eliyahu sterns new book jewish materialism the intellectual revolution of the 1870s there is a picture of a cracked yellow wallet at first glance it appears . Jewish materialism comprised worldviews and philosophies first formulated in the 1860s and 1870s but the roots of the problems addressed by this intellectual movement ran back to a religious and economic landscape set in 1795 when the russian empire along with the kingdoms of prussia and austria completed the third and final partition of the early modern polish lithuanian commonwealth. Eliyahu sterns jewish materialism is an intellectual history of a group of russian jews communicating with one another publicly and privately in the 1870sfor stern the debates among these roughly twenty five intellectuals born in the northwestern provinces of the russian empire 6 mark a pivotal turning point in the history of jewish self imagination
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