The Judicial Reform and Jewish Citizenship

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 Judicial Reform and Jewish Citizenship

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This chapter discusses the newly fashioned legal profession where its ideal of the rule of law serves as the final arena in which to observe the Russian-Jewish encounter. It notes that by the 1880s, university-trained Jewish lawyers were among the leading advocates of integration. It pays particular attention to three aspects of their work: their inauguration of the study of Russian-Jewish history in order to buttress arguments for legal emancipation; their alliance with Petersburg Jewish elites and the resulting reinvention of the political strategies of those elites; and their articulation of new forms of Russian-Jewish identity in which the national dimension of Jewish life would coexist with a juridically defined transnational Russian citizenship.

Keywords: legal profession; rule of law; Russian-Jewish encounter; legal emancipation; Petersburg Jewish elites; transnational Russian citizenship

Chapter.  12299 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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