A Century of Ambivalence: The Jews of Russia and the Soviet by Zvi Gitelman

By Zvi Gitelman

Now again in print in a brand new edition!
A Century of Ambivalence
The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present
Second, improved Edition
Zvi Gitelman

A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish historic event within the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.

"Anyone with even a passing curiosity within the background of Russian Jewry should want to personal this splendid... book." ―Janet Hadda, la Times

"... a badly wanted historic viewpoint on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his remedy of varied sessions and subject matters, in addition to in his total assessment of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by way of a unprecedented choice of pictures that vividly mirror the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." ―David E. Fishman, Hadassah journal

"Wonderful images of well-known personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal constructions mix with the textual content to create an uplifting [book] for a large and normal audience." ―Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review

"Gitelman’s textual content offers an enormous remark and cautious historical explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, wish and melancholy, highbrow restlessness succeeded by way of rapid repression enlarges the reader’s figuring out of the dynamic forces in the back of probably the most very important hobbies in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and fairly target well known historical past that expertly threads its means throughout the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewish experience." ―Village Voice

A century in the past the Russian Empire contained the most important Jewish neighborhood on the earth, numbering approximately 5 million humans. this day, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has diminished to part 1000000, yet continues to be most likely the world’s 3rd biggest Jewish neighborhood. within the intervening century the Jews of that quarter were on the middle of a few of the main dramatic occasions of contemporary history―two global wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the cave in of the USSR. they've got passed through tumultuous upward and downward financial and social mobility and skilled nice enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling images from the information of the YIVO Institute for Jewish study and with a full of life and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence lines the historic event of Jews in Russia from a interval of creativity and repression within the moment half the nineteenth century throughout the paradoxes posed via the post-Soviet period. This redesigned version, including greater than two hundred pictures and tremendous new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for basic readers and school room use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political technology and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel middle for Judaic reports on the college of Michigan. he's writer of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917–1930 and editor of sour Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust within the USSR (Indiana collage Press).

Published in organization with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Creativity as opposed to Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881–1917
Revolution and the Ambiguities of Liberation
Reaching for Utopia: development Socialism and a brand new Jewish Culture
The Holocaust
The Black Years and the grey, 1948–1967
Soviet Jews, 1967–1987: To Reform, Conform, or Leave?
The "Other" Jews of the previous USSR: Georgian, vital Asian, and Mountain Jews
The Post-Soviet period: Winding Down or beginning Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

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For six months he was segregated from the other children, an experience that may have contributed to his gregariousness, as well as making him slightly introspective. His mother and nyanya did their best, of course. His mother read him stories by Dickens, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Tolstoy, which deeply affected his view of the poor and oppressed. He recovered in time to appreciate the beauties of a city famous for its spring thaw. It was on one of these spring days that Sasha Kerensky found himself looking out over the huge surface of the Volga river: Spellbound by the scene, I experienced a sense of elation that grew almost to the point of spiritual transfiguration.

The merchants had their mansions on the western side facing the Sviyaga, while the hovels of the lower classes clung to the sometimes flooded slopes below. 10 Older, but only slightly senior in rank to Fyodor Kerensky, was Ilya Nikolaevich Ulyanov, another educational administrator, and perhaps an acquaintance, from Penza. They must have found it a relief to turn from the small talk of the aristocrats to share their hopes for the enlightenment of Russia and to discuss the impressive progress of their children.

She was attractive, lively, and well-educated, and she married him shortly after she left school. Russia was still desperately short of well-qualified people and a man with a good education had good prospects. An inspector in a Gymnasium was an established member of the civil service of the Russian Empire with the bureaucratic rank of Collegiate Assessor. Fyodor Kerensky's talents were also recognized by the publication, in 1874, of an article on ancient Russian sects in the journal of the Ministry of Education.

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