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Lot #    12886
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 2:28:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Judische Zukunftsarbeit in Plastina
Author    [Only Ed. - Zionism] Dr. Arthur Ruppin
City    Berlin
Publisher    Siegfried Scholem
Publication Date    (1918)
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 105, [1 foldout] pp., 230:162 mm., usual light age staining, wide margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in later half cloth and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Dr. Arthur Ruppin (18761943), Zionist, economist, and sociologist; originator of the sociology of the Jews and "father of Zionist settlement" in Erez Israel. Ruppin was responsible for paving the way from political Zionism, which was to many people more declarative than substantial, to pragmatic Zionism, in which settlement work and political efforts were only different facets and names for the same project: the building of the land and the people. Born in Rawitsch (Rawicz), Posen district (then Prussia), Ruppin was the son of an affluent family that had become impoverished and moved from a traditional Jewish community on the border between Poland and Silesia to Magdeburg, Prussian Saxony, in 1887. His experiences as a youth undoubtedly had an influence upon his life and his way of thought and are probably the source of his understanding of both East and West European Jewry, his support of basic social changes, and perhaps even his tendency toward planning and computing as exactly as possible in his personal, academic, and public life. Ruppin was forced to leave high school at the age of 15, because of his family's financial situation, and worked from 1891 to 1899 in the grain trade. He passed the examinations for a high school diploma as an external student and from 1899 studied law and economics at the Univerity of Berlin and the University of Halle; he also spent time on the natural sciences, especially biology. From 1902 to 1907 he served in a court, and in the same period (190307) he directed the Bureau for Jewish Statistics and Demography, which was founded in Berlin by A. Nossig. In 1903 he received the Haeckel Prize for his research work Darwinismus und Sozialwissenschaft, and in 1904 he published Die Juden der Gegenwart, in which he laid the foundations for the descriptive sociology of the Jews.

His greatest achievements outside the field of the sociology of the Jews were in that of settlement. Ruppin's work can be divided into four periods: in the first (190814) he laid the foundations for Zionist settlement; in the second (191418) he participated in the struggle to save the yishuv from destruction; in the third (192033) he took part in the systematic expansion of settlement in the cities and rural areas and of the country's economy, throughout political and economic crises; and in the last period (193342), when he was a recognized expert on the economy of the country and the sociology of the Jews, he filled a central role in the absorption of the Fifth Aliyah, which brought tens of thousands of immigrants from Germany and refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, and in solving the problems that resulted from their migration.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Other:    Zionism
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica