The Genesis of Selective Integration

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 Genesis of Selective Integration

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This chapter highlights the extent to which new Jewish elites, led by the wealthy Evzel Gintsburg and his entourage, helped shape a policy of “selective integration”, whereby certain categories of “useful” Jews were granted the rights and privileges of their Gentile counterparts according to social estate, including the right to permanent residence outside the Pale of Settlement. It notes that in this manner, a system of incentives was established which aimed at transforming both the internal life of Jewish communities and their external relations with the surrounding society. It situates selective integration in the context of Alexander II's Great Reforms, with particular attention to the social vocabulary of integration across lines of estate and ethnicity.

Keywords: Evzel Gintsburg; selective integration; Gentile; Pale of Settlement; Alexander II's Great Reforms; estate and ethnicity

Chapter.  17198 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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