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, multiplied Edition
A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish old adventure within the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.
"Anyone with even a passing curiosity within the heritage of Russian Jewry may want to personal this splendid... book." ―Janet Hadda, l. a. Times
"... a badly wanted ancient viewpoint on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his therapy of varied sessions and issues, in addition to in his total assessment of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by way of a unprecedented choice of pictures that vividly mirror the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." ―David E. Fishman, Hadassah journal
"Wonderful photographs of recognized personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal constructions mix with the textual content to create an uplifting [book] for a extensive and basic audience." ―Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review
"Gitelman’s textual content presents a tremendous statement and cautious historical explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, wish and depression, highbrow restlessness succeeded by means of quick repression enlarges the reader’s realizing of the dynamic forces at the back of one of the most vital activities in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News
"... a lucid and fairly goal renowned background that expertly threads its approach during the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewish experience." ―Village Voice
A century in the past the Russian Empire contained the most important Jewish neighborhood on the earth, numbering approximately 5 million humans. this day, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has faded to part 1000000, yet continues to be most likely the world’s 3rd greatest Jewish neighborhood. within the intervening century the Jews of that region were on the heart of a few of the main dramatic occasions of contemporary 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 images from the information of the YIVO Institute for Jewish learn and with a full of life and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence strains the historic event of Jews in Russia from a interval of creativity and repression within the moment 1/2 the nineteenth century in the course of the paradoxes posed by way of the post-Soviet period. This redesigned variation, including greater than 2 hundred pictures and huge new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for basic readers and lecture room use.
Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political technological know-how and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel middle for Judaic stories 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 college Press).
Published in organization with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Creativity as opposed to Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881–1917
Revolution and the Ambiguities of Liberation
Reaching for Utopia: construction Socialism and a brand new Jewish Culture
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 initiating Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry
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A century of ambivalence : the Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the present by Zvi Gitelman