During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many Jews from Central and Eastern Europe arrived in New York City, where they did not only find a new home, but far away from their shtetl origin, the new members of the American society also began to politically radicalize. There has been a discussion in the literature related to the field, where, how, and why the Jewish population radicalized. This study analyses two waves of radicalization: one related to the American environment that is responsible for the described process at the end of the 19th century; one, related to the developments in Eastern Europe during the early decades of the 20th century. For both radicalization processes this book compares the reasons, elements, and aims of those who join radical movements to show that there is a transatlantic perspective that links both processes to each other.
Frank Jacob studierte bis 2010 Geschichte und Japanologie an den Universitäten Würzburg und Osaka. 2012 wurde er mit einer Arbeit zum Thema Geheimgesellschaften in Deutschland und Japan an der Universität Erlangen promoviert. Er forscht verstärkt interdisziplinär, vor allem in Form des historischen Vergleiches.