This book presents an ethnographic history of the Old Yishuv. It describes and analyzes a significant community that reflected more than any other the various strands of Jewish life and the constraints and processes acting upon the Jewish world of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. .
Introduction: Why the Old Yishuv? 1. Relic: Jerusalem at the Start of the Nineteenth Century 2. The Sephardis 3. Ashkenazi Days of Trial 4. 1840: Disappointments, Disarray, and a New Start 5. The Europeanization of Jerusalem 6. The Ashkenazis Break Away 7. "Schools! Schools!" 8. The Nahalat Shiva Generation 9. Frumkin and the Rise of the Havatzelet Camp 10. Meah She'arim 11. Toward the "New" yishuv 12. Ben-Tehuda: Beyond the Haskala to Political Zionism 13. The Other Side of the Yishuv: Sephardis and Middle Eastern Jews 14. The End of an Era 15. Epilogue