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Russians, Jews, and the Pogroms of 1881?1882

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Overview

Anti-Jewish pogroms rocked the Russian Empire in 1881–2, plunging both the Jewish community and the imperial authorities into crisis. Focusing on a wide range of responses to the pogroms, this book offers the most comprehensive, balanced, and complex study of the crisis to date. It presents a nuanced account of the diversity of Jewish political reactions and introduces a wealth of new sources covering Russian and other non-Jewish reactions to these events. Seeking to answer the question of what caused the pogroms' outbreak and spread, the book provides a fuller picture of how officials at every level responded to the national emergency and irrevocably lays to rest the myth that the authorities instigated or tolerated the pogroms. This is essential reading not only for Russian and Jewish historians but also for those interested in the study of ethnic violence more generally.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Highly recommended." -Choice

"Lars Fischer, Francois Guesnet, and Helen Klier have done an excellent job in preparing the manuscript for publication. The book has an excellent chronological appendix and many vivid illustrations and contemporary cartoons. It will remain a landmark study." -Samuel Kassow, Slavic Review

"...a solid and erudite foundation for other scholars to build on." -Patricia Herlihy, The Journal of Modern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107634152
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 518
  • Sales rank: 433,772
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

John Doyle Klier (1944–2007) was latterly Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at University College London. His previous publications, Russia Gathers Her Jews (1985) and Imperial Russia's Jewish Question (1995), are standard works in modern Russian-Jewish history, along with Pogroms: Anti-Jewish Violence in Modern Russian History (co-editor, 1992).
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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: the Russian Empire and its Jews; 1. The pogroms of 1881–2; 2. What was a pogrom?; Part II: 3. Confronting the pogroms; 4. Russian society views the pogroms; 5. The crystallization of prejudice; 6. Prejudice into policy; 7. The pogroms as foreign policy crisis; Part III: 8. Jewish responses to the pogroms; 9. The Jewish press and the emigration crisis; 10. Politics without prophecy; 11. The pogroms as humanitarian crisis; Epilogue: legends of the pogroms.
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