The Russian–Jewish Encounter in Comparative Perspective

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 in Comparative Perspective

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This chapter places in perspective the problem of Jewish emancipation and integration in late imperial Russia by comparing it to two parallel phenomena: the experience of Jews elsewhere in Europe and the experience of other minorities in the Russian Empire. It highlights the stratifying effects on Russian Jewry of half a century of selective integration, and suggests ways in which the Russian-Jewish encounter in the decades before the Revolution of 1917 prepared the ground for the remarkable place of Jews in early Soviet society.

Keywords: Jewish emancipation; Russia; Europe; Russian Jewry; selective integration; Revolution of 1917; Soviet society

Chapter.  6871 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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