The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia: Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power

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Indiana University Press, Feb 13, 2017 - History - 346 pages

Jewish life was changed fundamentally as Jews joined the Bolshevik movement and populated the front lines of the revolutionary struggle. Andrew Sloin’s story follows the arc of Bolshevik history but shows how the broader movement was enacted in factories and workshops, workers’ clubs and union meetings, and on the Jewish streets of White Russia. The protagonists here are shoemakers, speculators, glassmakers, peddlers, leatherworkers, needleworkers, soldiers, students, and local party operatives who were swept up, willingly or otherwise, into the Bolshevik project. Sloin stresses the fundamental relationship between economy and identity formation as party officials grappled with the Jewish Question in the wake of the revolution.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part IRevolution
19
Part IICapital and Labor
53
Part IIIPolitical Culture and Nationality
115
Part IVThe Politics of Crisis
179
Conclusion
238
Tables
249
Notes
253
Selected Bibliography
303
Index
319
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Andrew Sloin is Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College.

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