Beyond the Pale The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia

ISBN-10: 0520242327
ISBN-13: 9780520242326
Edition: 2004
Authors: Benjamin Nathans
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

A surprising number of Jews lived, literally and figuratively, "beyond the Pale" of Jewish Settlement in tsarist Russia during the half-century before the Revolution of 1917. Thanks to the availability of long-closed Russian archives, along with a wide range of other sources, Benjamin Nathans reinterprets the history of the Russian-Jewish encounter. In the wake of Russia's "Great Reforms," Nathans writes, a policy of selective integration stimulated social and geographic mobility among the empire's Jews. The reaction that culminated, toward the turn of the century, in ethnic restrictions on admission to universities, the professions, and other institutions of civil society reflected broad anxieties that Russians were being placed at a disadvantage in their own empire. Nathans's conclusions about the effects of selective integration and the Russian-Jewish encounter during this formative period will be of great interest to all students of modern Jewish and modern Russian history.

List of Maps, Illustrations, and Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction. The Russian-Jewish Encounter
The Problem of Emancipation Under the Old Regime
Jews and the Imperial Social Hierarchy
The Genesis of Selective Integration
The Jews of St. Petersburg
Language, Ethnicity, and Urban Space
Conflict and Community
The Geography of Jewish Politics
Jews, Russians, and the Imperial University
The University as Melting Pot?
A Silent Pogrom
In The Court of Gentiles
The Judicial Reform and Jewish Citizenship
Ethnicity and Civil Society: The Russian Legal Profession
Conclusion
The Russian-Jewish Encounter in Comparative Perspective
Bibliography
Index

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