Pogroms: Anti-Jewish Violence in Modern Russian History

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Three major waves of anti-Jewish rioting swept Southern Russia and Russian Poland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In this book, distinguished scholars of Russian Jewish history explore the origins and nature of these pogroms, which were among the most extensive outbreaks of antisemitic violence before the Holocaust. Using new approaches to the study of Russian history, the contributors examine each wave of violence in turn. They look at the role of violence in Russian society; the ...
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Three major waves of anti-Jewish rioting swept Southern Russia and Russian Poland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In this book, distinguished scholars of Russian Jewish history explore the origins and nature of these pogroms, which were among the most extensive outbreaks of antisemitic violence before the Holocaust. Using new approaches to the study of Russian history, the contributors examine each wave of violence in turn. They look at the role of violence in Russian society; the prejudices, stereotypes and psychology of both the educated society and the rural masses; the work of the tsarist regime, especially the police and the army as agents of order and control; and the impact of the pogroms on the sense of Jewish identity and security in the Empire. In his conclusion, Hans Rogger reflects upon pogroms in Russia and then broadens the study by comparing these riots with both pogroms in Western and Central Europe and outbreaks of anti-Negro violence within the United States during the same period. Pogroms: anti-Jewish violence in modern Russian history is the first comprehensive study of the pogroms in tsarist and revolutionary Russia. It brings together important new research and challenges many of the misconceptions which have continued to characterise the secondary literature on the pogroms. Moreover, this volume appears at a time when inter-ethnic violence and, in particular, anti-Jewish threats have reappeared in the Soviet Union and this recent violence has striking analogies to the events described here. This book will therefore be of interest to students and specialists of Russian, Jewish and Polish history as well as of the history of mass movements, modern antisemitism and ethnic group relations.
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"...impressive collection of essays...superb introductory pieces by John Klier...consistently tight editing...This book will prove invaluable not only to students of Russian, Polish, and Jewish history, but also to scholars of other disciplines focusing on mass movements, modern antisemitism, and ethnic group relations." Shofar

"A unique collection of well-written scholarly essays...The essays make clear that the old view that Russian pogroms were primarily a result of tsarist government encouragement is simply not accurate." Choice

"...should be required reading for students of Russian and Jewish history and for persons interested in ethnic violence in general." Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, Journal of Modern History

"This valuable collection of essays focuses on the three major waves of pogroms that took place almost exclusively on Ukrainian ethnolinguistic territory during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries...the collection represents a very positive contribution to the scholarship on this topic, and will be appreciated by specialists in the history of the Jews of the region as well as researchers involved in broader issues." Henry Abramson, University of Toronto, in Journal of Ukrainian Studies

"Klier's study has richly added to our picture of the Russian version of [the] debate." Nationalities Papers

"...a striking quality of Klier's book is its factual solidity..." Journal of Modern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521405324
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Pages: 393
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of maps
Notes on contributors
Preface
Glossary
Pt. I General Introduction 1
1 Russian Jewry on the eve of the pogroms 3
2 The pogrom paradigm in Russian history 13
Pt. II The Pogroms of 1881-1884 39
3 The anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia in 1881 44
4 "Black Repartition" and the pogroms of 1881-1882 62
5 Cosmopolitanism, Antisemitism, and Populism: a reappraisal of the Russian and Jewish socialist response to the pogroms of 1881-1882 98
Pt. III The Impact of the First Pogrom Wave 135
6 The development of the Russian Jewish community, 1881-1903 137
7 Tsarist officialdom and anti-Jewish pogroms in Poland 164
Pt. IV The Pogroms of 1903-1906 191
8 The pogroms of 1903-1906 195
9 The pogrom of 1905 in Odessa: a case study 248
Pt. V The Pogroms of 1919-1921 291
10 Pogroms and White ideology in the Russian Civil War 293
Conclusion and overview 314
Bibliographical essay 373
Index 387
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