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Now back in print in a new edition!

A Century of Ambivalence

The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present

Second, Expanded Edition

Zvi Gitelman

A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish historical experience in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.

"Anyone with even a passing interest in the history of Russian Jewry will want to own this splendid... book." --Janet Hadda, Los Angeles Times

"... a badly needed historical perspective on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his treatment of various periods and themes, as well as in his overall evaluation of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by an extraordinary collection of photographs that vividly reflect the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." --David E. Fishman, Hadassah Magazine

"Wonderful pictures of famous personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal structures combine with the text to create an uplifting [book] for a broad and general audience." --Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review

"Gitelman's text provides an important commentary and careful historic explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, hope and despair, intellectual restlessness succeeded by swift repression enlarges the reader's understanding of the dynamic forces behind some of the most important movements in contemporary Jewish life." --Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and reasonably objective popular history that expertly threads its way through the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewish experience." --Village Voice

A century ago the Russian Empire contained the largest Jewish community in the world, numbering about five million people. Today, the Jewish population of the former Soviet Union has dwindled to half a million, but remains probably the world's third largest Jewish community. In the intervening century the Jews of that area have been at the center of some of the most dramatic events of modern history--two world wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the collapse of the USSR. They have gone through tumultuous upward and downward economic and social mobility and experienced great enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photographs from the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with a lively and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence traces the historical experience of Jews in Russia from a period of creativity and repression in the second half of the 19th century through the paradoxes posed by the post-Soviet era. This redesigned edition, which includes more than 200 photographs and two substantial new chapters on the fate of Jews and Judaism in the former Soviet Union, is ideal for general readers and classroom use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is author of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917-1930 and editor of Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR (Indiana University Press).

Published in association with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Contents

Introduction

Creativity versus Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881-1917

Revolution and the Ambiguities of Liberation

Reaching for Utopia: Building Socialism and a New Jewish Culture

The Holocaust

The Black Years and the Gray, 1948-1967

Soviet Jews, 1967-1987: To Reform, Conform, or Leave?

The "Other" Jews of the Former USSR: Georgian, Central Asian, and Mountain Jews

The Post-Soviet Era: Winding Down or Starting Up Again?

The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

Synopsis:

Now back in print in a new edition

A Century ofAmbivalence

The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to thePresent

Second, Expanded Edition

Zvi Gitelman

Arichly illustrated survey of the Jewish historical experience in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.

Anyone with even apassing interest in the history of Russian Jewry will want to own this splendid...book. — Janet Hadda, Los Angeles Times

... a badly neededhistorical perspective on Soviet Jewry.... Gitelman] is evenhanded in his treatmentof various periods and themes, as well as in his overall evaluation of the SovietJewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by an extraordinarycollection of photographs that vividly reflect the hopes, triumphs and agonies ofRussian Jewish life. — David E. Fishman, Hadassah Magazine

Wonderful pictures of famous personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal structures combine with the text to create anuplifting book] for a broad and general audience. — Alexander Orbach, SlavicReview

Gitelman's text provides an important commentary andcareful historic explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, hope and despair, intellectual restlessness succeeded by swift repression enlargesthe reader's understanding of the dynamic forces behind some of the most importantmovements in contemporary Jewish life. — Jane S. Gerber, Bergen JewishNews

... a lucid and reasonably objective popular history thatexpertly threads its way through the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewishexperience. — Village Voice

A century ago the Russian Empirecontained the largest Jewish community in the world, numbering about five millionpeople. Today, the Jewish population of the former Soviet Union has dwindled to halfa million, but remains probably the world's third largest Jewish community. In theintervening century the Jews of that area have been at the center of some of themost dramatic events of modern history — two world wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the collapse of the USSR. They have gonethrough tumultuous upward and downward economic and social mobility and experiencedgreat enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photographs from thearchives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with a lively and lucidnarrative, A Century of Ambivalence traces the historical experience of Jews inRussia from a period of creativity and repression in the second half of the 19thcentury through the paradoxes posed by the post-Soviet era. This redesigned edition, which includes more than 200 photographs and two substantial new chapters on thefate of Jews and Judaism in the former Soviet Union, is ideal for general readersand classroom use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Scienceand Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at theUniversity of Michigan. He is author of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: TheJewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917--1930 and editor of Bitter Legacy: Confronting theHolocaust in the USSR (Indiana University Press).

Published inassociation with YIVO Institute for JewishResearch

Contents

Introduction

Creativity versusRepression: The Jews in Russia, 1881--1917

Revolution and the Ambiguitiesof Liberation

Reaching for Utopia: Building Socialism and a New JewishCulture

The Holocaust

The Black Years and the Gray, 1948--1967

Soviet Jews, 1967--1987: To Reform, Conform, orLeave?

The Other Jews of the Former USSR: Georgian, Central Asian, andMountain Jews

The Post-Soviet Era: Winding Down or Starting UpAgain?

The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

Synopsis:

A century ago the Russian Empire contained the largest Jewish community in the world, numbering about five million people. Today, the Jewish population of the former Soviet Union has dwindled to half a million, but remains probably the world's third largest Jewish community. In the intervening century the Jews of that area have been at the center of some of the most dramatic events of modern history — two world wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the collapse of the USSR. They have gone through tumultuous upward and downward economic and social mobility and experienced great enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photographs from the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with a lively and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence traces the historical experience of Jews in Russia from a period of creativity and repression in the second half of the 19th century through the paradoxes posed by the post-Soviet era. This redesigned edition, which includes more than 200 photographs and two substantial new chapters on the fate of Jews and Judaism in the former Soviet Union, is ideal for general readers and classroom use.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

About the Author

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science, Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies, and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is author of, among other works, Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917-1930 and editor of Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR (Indiana University Press).

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction

1. Creativity versus Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881-1917

2. Revolution and the Ambiguities of Liberation

3. Reaching for Utopia: Building Socialism and a New Jewish Culture

4. The Holocaust

5. The Black Years and the Gray, 1948-1967

6. Soviet Jews, 1967-1987: To Reform, Conform, or Leave?

7. The "Other" Jews of the Former USSR: Georgian, Central Asian, and Mountain Jews

8. The Post-Soviet Era: Winding Down or Starting Up Again?

9. The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253214188
Other:
Gitelman, Zvi
Author:
Yivo Institute for Jewish Research
Author:
Gitelman, Zvi
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Jews -- Soviet Union.
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Subject:
Judaism - General
Subject:
Eurasian Studies; East European; History; Holocaust Studies; Jewish Studies; Russia; Russian; Twentieth Century or Later
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2nd Expanded ed.
Series Volume:
103-265
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
214 bandw photos, 3 maps, 1 index
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.24 x 5.68 x 0.72 in

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"Synopsis" by , Now back in print in a new edition

A Century ofAmbivalence

The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to thePresent

Second, Expanded Edition

Zvi Gitelman

Arichly illustrated survey of the Jewish historical experience in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.

Anyone with even apassing interest in the history of Russian Jewry will want to own this splendid...book. — Janet Hadda, Los Angeles Times

... a badly neededhistorical perspective on Soviet Jewry.... Gitelman] is evenhanded in his treatmentof various periods and themes, as well as in his overall evaluation of the SovietJewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by an extraordinarycollection of photographs that vividly reflect the hopes, triumphs and agonies ofRussian Jewish life. — David E. Fishman, Hadassah Magazine

Wonderful pictures of famous personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal structures combine with the text to create anuplifting book] for a broad and general audience. — Alexander Orbach, SlavicReview

Gitelman's text provides an important commentary andcareful historic explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, hope and despair, intellectual restlessness succeeded by swift repression enlargesthe reader's understanding of the dynamic forces behind some of the most importantmovements in contemporary Jewish life. — Jane S. Gerber, Bergen JewishNews

... a lucid and reasonably objective popular history thatexpertly threads its way through the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewishexperience. — Village Voice

A century ago the Russian Empirecontained the largest Jewish community in the world, numbering about five millionpeople. Today, the Jewish population of the former Soviet Union has dwindled to halfa million, but remains probably the world's third largest Jewish community. In theintervening century the Jews of that area have been at the center of some of themost dramatic events of modern history — two world wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the collapse of the USSR. They have gonethrough tumultuous upward and downward economic and social mobility and experiencedgreat enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photographs from thearchives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with a lively and lucidnarrative, A Century of Ambivalence traces the historical experience of Jews inRussia from a period of creativity and repression in the second half of the 19thcentury through the paradoxes posed by the post-Soviet era. This redesigned edition, which includes more than 200 photographs and two substantial new chapters on thefate of Jews and Judaism in the former Soviet Union, is ideal for general readersand classroom use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Scienceand Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at theUniversity of Michigan. He is author of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: TheJewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917--1930 and editor of Bitter Legacy: Confronting theHolocaust in the USSR (Indiana University Press).

Published inassociation with YIVO Institute for JewishResearch

Contents

Introduction

Creativity versusRepression: The Jews in Russia, 1881--1917

Revolution and the Ambiguitiesof Liberation

Reaching for Utopia: Building Socialism and a New JewishCulture

The Holocaust

The Black Years and the Gray, 1948--1967

Soviet Jews, 1967--1987: To Reform, Conform, orLeave?

The Other Jews of the Former USSR: Georgian, Central Asian, andMountain Jews

The Post-Soviet Era: Winding Down or Starting UpAgain?

The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

"Synopsis" by , A century ago the Russian Empire contained the largest Jewish community in the world, numbering about five million people. Today, the Jewish population of the former Soviet Union has dwindled to half a million, but remains probably the world's third largest Jewish community. In the intervening century the Jews of that area have been at the center of some of the most dramatic events of modern history — two world wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the collapse of the USSR. They have gone through tumultuous upward and downward economic and social mobility and experienced great enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photographs from the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with a lively and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence traces the historical experience of Jews in Russia from a period of creativity and repression in the second half of the 19th century through the paradoxes posed by the post-Soviet era. This redesigned edition, which includes more than 200 photographs and two substantial new chapters on the fate of Jews and Judaism in the former Soviet Union, is ideal for general readers and classroom use.
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