A century of ambivalence : the Jews of Russia and the Soviet by Zvi Gitelman

By Zvi Gitelman

Now again in print in a brand new edition!
A Century of Ambivalence
The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present
Second, extended Edition
Zvi Gitelman

A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish historic adventure within the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.

"Anyone with even a passing curiosity within the background of Russian Jewry probably want to personal this splendid... book." ―Janet Hadda, l. a. Times

"... a badly wanted old standpoint on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his remedy of varied classes and subject matters, in addition to in his total evaluate of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by way of a unprecedented selection of pictures that vividly mirror the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." ―David E. Fishman, Hadassah journal

"Wonderful photos of well-known personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal buildings mix with the textual content to create an uplifting [book] for a large and basic audience." ―Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review

"Gitelman’s textual content offers a huge observation and cautious ancient explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, desire and depression, highbrow restlessness succeeded via rapid repression enlarges the reader’s figuring out of the dynamic forces at the back of probably the most very important routine in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and fairly goal well known heritage that expertly threads its manner during the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewish experience." ―Village Voice

A century in the past the Russian Empire contained the most important Jewish group on this planet, numbering approximately 5 million humans. this day, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has diminished to part one million, yet continues to be most likely the world’s 3rd greatest Jewish neighborhood. within the intervening century the Jews of that sector were on the middle of a few of the main dramatic occasions of recent history―two global wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the cave in of the USSR. they've got undergone tumultuous upward and downward monetary and social mobility and skilled nice enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photos from the files of the YIVO Institute for Jewish learn and with a full of life and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence strains the old event of Jews in Russia from a interval of creativity and repression within the moment half the nineteenth century during the paradoxes posed through the post-Soviet period. This redesigned variation, along with greater than two hundred photos and mammoth new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for normal readers and school room use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political technology and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel middle for Judaic reviews on the collage of Michigan. he's writer of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917–1930 and editor of sour Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust within the USSR (Indiana collage Press).

Published in organization with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Contents
Introduction
Creativity as opposed to Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881–1917
Revolution and the Ambiguities of Liberation
Reaching for Utopia: development Socialism and a brand new Jewish Culture
The Holocaust
The Black Years and the grey, 1948–1967
Soviet Jews, 1967–1987: To Reform, Conform, or Leave?
The "Other" Jews of the previous USSR: Georgian, vital Asian, and Mountain Jews
The Post-Soviet period: Winding Down or beginning Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

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Many Russians got into the habit of changing half their salary every month from roubles into hard currency to protect its value, but to prevent this ruse the government stepped in and now controls the exchange rate. 55 Transport Getting about in Russia takes patience and ingenuity. For a start, a number of places have been renamed. Petersburg again. Within cities, many streets have also been renamed, as well as metro stops. In Moscow, the famous Metro still works but regular users claim that trains are now fewer and further between and that standards of cleanliness are not so squeaky as before.

Beautifully hand-decorated wooden eggs are widely sold in Russia at all times of the year. The biggest national celebrations are held on New Year's Eve. Flats are decorated with Christmas trees, and Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz, a whitebearded figure suspiciously like Father Christmas) with his assistant, the Snow Maiden, gives out presents to the children. Everyone has a party, and gathers round the television to see the Kremlin clock striking midnight, or they go to Red Square if in Moscow. It is the custom between adults to give a little gift - a decorated wooden box, perhaps, with the year marked inside.

Russian theatres and concert halls offer tasty white bread opensandwiches of salami, smoked fish, black or red caviar, cheese, bars of chocolate, and to drink, fruit juice or champagne to keep your strength up. 36 Literature Most Europeans are aware of the great 19th-century Russian novelists, Tolstoy, Turgenev and Dostoievsky. But to most Russians, Russian literature is embodied by Alexander Pushkin, poet, playwright and founder of modern Russian prose. The great-grandson of an Abyssinian prince who was imported to decorate the court of Peter the Great, Pushkin turned the language of his nanny into an instrument fit for the expression of the most subtle and passionate thought and transformed it into its present miraculous combination of freedom and order.

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