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The Jews in Poland and Russia: Volume 2: 1881-1914

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In this fine sequel to the first volume in the series that covers Jewish life in Eastern Europe up to the 18th century, Polonsky (Holocaust studies, Brandeis U., United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) traces Jews' precarious status in the Tsarist empire and Kingdom of Poland from pogroms in 1881-2 through the Russian Revolution and outbreak of World War I. He discusses the reactions of the-then world's largest community of Jews to the policy of 'selective integration,' and aspects of Jewish life in shtetls and towns including literature, religious life, women's changing roles, and the rise of mass culture. The volume includes period maps, demographic tables, a glossary of multilingual terms, and extensive bibliography. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In his three-volume history, Antony Polonsky provides a comprehensive survey - socio-political, economic, and religious - of the Jewish communities of eastern Europe from 1350 to the present. Until the Second World War, this was the heartland of the Jewish world: nearly three and a half million Jews lived in Poland alone, while nearly three million more lived in the Soviet Union. Although the majority of the Jews of Europe and the United States, and many of the Jews of Israel, originate from these lands, their history there is not well known. Rather, it is the subject of mythologizing and stereotypes that fail both to bring out the specific features of the Jewish civilization which emerged there and to illustrate what was lost. Jewish life, though often poor materially, was marked by a high degree of spiritual and ideological intensity and creativity. Antony Polonsky recreates this lost world - brutally cut down by the Holocaust and less brutally but still seriously damaged by the Sovi

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ISBN:
9781904113836
Publisher:
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Subject:
Jewish studies
Author:
Polonsky, Antony
Author:
Polonsky
Subject:
Sociology-Jewish Studies
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
518

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"Synopsis" by , In his three-volume history, Antony Polonsky provides a comprehensive survey - socio-political, economic, and religious - of the Jewish communities of eastern Europe from 1350 to the present. Until the Second World War, this was the heartland of the Jewish world: nearly three and a half million Jews lived in Poland alone, while nearly three million more lived in the Soviet Union. Although the majority of the Jews of Europe and the United States, and many of the Jews of Israel, originate from these lands, their history there is not well known. Rather, it is the subject of mythologizing and stereotypes that fail both to bring out the specific features of the Jewish civilization which emerged there and to illustrate what was lost. Jewish life, though often poor materially, was marked by a high degree of spiritual and ideological intensity and creativity. Antony Polonsky recreates this lost world - brutally cut down by the Holocaust and less brutally but still seriously damaged by the Sovi
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