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Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia: Select Documents, 1772–1914
edited by ChaeRan Y. Freeze and Jay M. Harris
Brandeis University Press, 2013
eISBN: 978-1-61168-456-8 | Paper: 978-1-61168-455-1 | Cloth: 978-1-58465-302-8
Library of Congress Classification DS134.84.E94 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 947.004924

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book makes accessible—for the first time in English—declassified archival documents from the former Soviet Union, rabbinic sources, and previously untranslated memoirs, illuminating everyday Jewish life as the site of interaction and negotiation among and between neighbors, society, and the Russian state, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to World War I. Focusing on religion, family, health, sexuality, work, and politics, these documents provide an intimate portrait of the rich diversity of Jewish life. By personalizing collective experience through individual life stories—reflecting not only the typical but also the extraordinary—the sources reveal the tensions and ruptures in a vanished society. An introductory survey of Russian Jewish history from the Polish partitions (1772–1795) to World War I combines with prefatory remarks, textual annotations, and a bibliography of suggested readings to provide a new perspective on the history of the Jews of Russia.
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