Language, Ethnicity, and Urban Space

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:
Language, Ethnicity, and Urban Space

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This chapter recasts the issue of Jewish integration so as to render visible its social and cultural dimensions. It examines those privileged Jews who, taking advantage of the residential freedoms offered by the policy of selective integration, moved literally beyond the Pale, to the imperial capital, which became the site of the largest and most influential Jewish community in Russia proper. It observes that Jews elaborated their own distinctive mythology of Petersburg as a “Window on Russia”, in contrast to the capital's reputation among Russians as essentially foreign.

Keywords: Jewish integration; social and cultural dimensions; selective integration; Pale; Russia; mythology of Petersburg

Chapter.  17963 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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