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Author Markovits, Andrei S., author.

Title The passport as home : comfort in rootlessness / Andrei S. Markovits
Published Budapest : New York : Central European University Press, 2021
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 309 pages)
Summary "This is the story of an illustrious Romanian-born, Hungarian-speaking, Vienna-schooled, Columbia-educated and Harvard-formed, middle-class Jewish professor of politics and other subjects. Markovits revels in a rootlessness that offers him comfort, succor, and the inspiration for his life's work. As we follow his quest to find a home, we encounter his engagement with the important political, social, and cultural developments of five decades on two continents. We also learn about his musical preferences, from classical to rock; his love of team sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and American football; and his devotion to dogs and their rescue. Above all, the book analyzes the travails of emigration the author experienced twice, moving from Romania to Vienna and then from Vienna to New York. Markovits's Candide-like travels through the ups and downs of post-1945 Europe and America offer a panoramic view of key currents that shaped the second half of the twentieth century. By shedding light on the cultural similarities and differences between both continents, the book shows why America fascinated Europeans like Markovits and offered them a home that Europe never did: academic excellence, intellectual openness, cultural diversity and religious tolerance. America for Markovits was indeed the "beacon on the hill," despite the ugliness of its racism, the prominence of its everyday bigotry, the severity of its growing economic inequality, and the presence of other aspects that mar this worthy experiment's daily existence"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 20, 2021)
Subject Markovits, Andrei S.
Jews -- Cultural assimilation -- New York (State) -- New York
Jews -- Romania -- Timișoara -- Biography
Jews, Romanian -- United States -- Biography
Universities and colleges -- United States -- Faculty -- Biography
Jews -- Cultural assimilation.
Jews, Romanian.
Universities and colleges -- Faculty.
Timișoara (Romania) -- Biography
New York (State) -- New York.
Romania -- Timișoara.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021018352
ISBN 9633864224