The Russian–Jewish Encounter

Benjamin Nathans

in Beyond the Pale

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520208308
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931299 | DOI:
The Russian–Jewish Encounter

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This chapter deals with the crossing of visible and invisible boundaries in the Russian Empire during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It notes that its subject is the encounter between Jews and Russians, the dynamics of Jewish integration into Russian society, and the various roles played in this process by individuals, social groups, and the imperial state. It further notes that the Russian-Jewish encounter is an essential part of the story of how and why the largest Jewish community in the world began its complex passage to modernity not in any of the various new worlds—the Soviet Union, the United States, or the Jewish settlements in Palestine—but in the old, under an old regime, and in the peculiar circumstances of a relatively backward dynamic empire.

Keywords: Russian Empire; Jewish integration; modernity; Soviet Union; United States; Jewish settlements; Palestine

Chapter.  9482 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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