This multicultural reference work on Jewish folklore, legends, customs, and other elements of folklife is the first of its kind.
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Within a framework of analysis and background by the four editors, this book presents a view from the grassroots of the 1989 student and mass movement in China and its tragic consequences. Here are the core eyewitness and participant accounts expressed through wall posters, students speeches, movement declarations, handbills, and other documents. In their introductions to the material, the editors address the political economy of the democracy movement, the evolving concept of democracy during the movement, the movement's contribution to China becoming a civil society, and the changing view of the Chinese Communist Party by students, intellectuals, workers and others, as the crisis unfolded.
"Indeed, one can imagine that students looking for specific knowledge may first read it online. Yet an encyclopedia is always larger than the sum of its parts. This is particularly so in the present case. Knowledge may change and be updated, but the encyclopedia will remain a benchmark in the history of Jewish folklore research, celebrating the achievements of this field in the last 150 years. In that, the encyclopedia provides the most comprehensive answer to what Jewish folklore is."
- Dani Schrire, The Program for Folklore and Folk-Culture at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, Israel
Folklore 126:1, 105-107 2015