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Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia (Brandeis Series on Jewish Women)

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A pathbreaking study of Jewish marriage and divorce in 19th-century Russia.

Synopsis:

ChaeRan Freeze explores the impact of various forces on marriage and divorce among Jews in 19th-century Russia. Challenging romantic views of the Jewish family in the shtetl, she shows that divorce rates among Russian Jews in the first half of the century were astronomical compared to the non-Jewish population. Even more surprising is her conclusion that these divorce rates tended to drop later in the century, in contrast to the rising pattern among populations undergoing modernization.

Freeze also studies the growing involvement of the Tsarist state. This occurred partly at the behest of Jewish women contesting patriarchy and parental power and partly because the government felt that Jewish families were in complete anarchy and in need of order and regulation. Extensive research in newly-declassified collections from twelve archives in Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania enables Freeze to reconstruct Jewish patterns of marriage and divorce and to analyze the often conflicting interests of Jewish husbands and wives, rabbinic authorities, and the Russian state. Balancing archival resources with memoirs and printed sources in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian, she offers a tantalizing glimpse of the desires and travails of Jewish spouses, showing how individual life histories reflect the impact of modernization on Jewish matchmaking, gender relations, the emancipation of Jewish women, and the incursion of the Tsarist state into the lives of ordinary Jews.

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ISBN:
9781584651604
Author:
Freeze, ChaeRan Y.
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Author:
Freeze, ChaeRan Y.
Location:
Hanover, NH
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Divorce
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Novelists
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
Marriage customs and rites, Jewish
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Russia Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Marriage customs and rites, Jewish - Russia -
Subject:
Self-Help/Relationships
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Brandeis Series on Jewish Women (Paperback)
Series Volume:
0-1854
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
11.06x5.42x1.19 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , ChaeRan Freeze explores the impact of various forces on marriage and divorce among Jews in 19th-century Russia. Challenging romantic views of the Jewish family in the shtetl, she shows that divorce rates among Russian Jews in the first half of the century were astronomical compared to the non-Jewish population. Even more surprising is her conclusion that these divorce rates tended to drop later in the century, in contrast to the rising pattern among populations undergoing modernization.

Freeze also studies the growing involvement of the Tsarist state. This occurred partly at the behest of Jewish women contesting patriarchy and parental power and partly because the government felt that Jewish families were in complete anarchy and in need of order and regulation. Extensive research in newly-declassified collections from twelve archives in Russia, Ukraine, and Lithuania enables Freeze to reconstruct Jewish patterns of marriage and divorce and to analyze the often conflicting interests of Jewish husbands and wives, rabbinic authorities, and the Russian state. Balancing archival resources with memoirs and printed sources in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Russian, she offers a tantalizing glimpse of the desires and travails of Jewish spouses, showing how individual life histories reflect the impact of modernization on Jewish matchmaking, gender relations, the emancipation of Jewish women, and the incursion of the Tsarist state into the lives of ordinary Jews.

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