A century of ambivalence: the Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the present

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Indiana University Press, 2001 - History - 297 pages
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A century ago the Russian Empire contained the largest Jewish community in the world, numbering about five million people. Today, the Jewish population of the former Soviet Union has dwindled to half a million, but remains probably the world's third largest Jewish community. In the intervening century the Jews of that area have been at the center of some of the most dramatic events of modern history -- two world wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the collapse of the USSR. They have gone through tumultuous upward and downward economic and social mobility and experienced great enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photographs from the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with a lively and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence traces the historical experience of Jews in Russia from a period of creativity and repression in the second half of the 19th century through the paradoxes posed by the post-Soviet era. This redesigned edition, which includes more than 200 photographs and two substantial new chapters on the fate of Jews and Judaism in the former Soviet Union, is ideal for general readers and classroom use.

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Stephen White is Professor of International Politics at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Russia??'s New Politics: The Management of a Postcommunist Society. He is the chief editor of The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics. Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science and Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics: Bundism and Zionism in Eastern Europe. Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent. He is the author of Putin: Russia??'s Choice.