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, accelerated Edition
Zvi Gitelman

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

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

"... a badly wanted old standpoint on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his therapy of varied classes and issues, in addition to in his total assessment of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by means of a rare selection of images that vividly replicate the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." ―David E. Fishman, Hadassah journal

"Wonderful images 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 presents a tremendous statement and cautious historical explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, wish and melancholy, highbrow restlessness succeeded by way of fast repression enlarges the reader’s knowing of the dynamic forces at the back of essentially the most vital hobbies in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and fairly target renowned historical past that expertly threads its method throughout 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. at the present time, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has diminished to part one million, yet is still most likely the world’s 3rd greatest Jewish group. within the intervening century the Jews of that region were on the middle 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 fiscal 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 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 through the post-Soviet period. This redesigned version, together with greater than 2 hundred images and gigantic new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for common readers and school room use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political technological know-how and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel middle for Judaic experiences on the college 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, principal Asian, and Mountain Jews
The Post-Soviet period: Winding Down or beginning Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

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256, 271). GARF, 5446/89/48, 2–20. GARF, 5446/29/48, 11. GARF, 5446/26/64, 133–122. GARF, 5446/28/9, 138–141. GARF, 5446/26/61, 275–268. GARF, 5446/26/64, 142–138, and supplementary memorandum on l. 148. This is the archival file which also contains Kviring’s memorandum. In fact, currency issues in 1936 amounted to 1,546 million rubles as compared with the plan of 1,300 million rubles – certainly a successful outcome as compared with previous and later years. See Davies and Khlevnyuk, ‘Stakhanovism’, pp.

The number of wagons is measured in two-axle units. Manning, ‘Soviet Economic Crisis’, pp. 22–3. These index numbers were collected for 32 goods in 95 towns. Similar results appear from the specific prices given for 13 products in urban kolkhoz markets in 13 towns (Osnovnye pokazateli vypolneniya, June 1936, pp. 279–86). 5 per cent in April-June 1936). 3 per cent greater than in April-June 1935 (Osnovnye pokazateli vypolneniya, June 1936, pp. 256, 271). GARF, 5446/89/48, 2–20. GARF, 5446/29/48, 11.

3 per cent. 34 As in previous years, the People’s Commissariat of Finance (NKfin) and the State Bank (Gosbank) sought to persuade Stalin and the Politburo to pay more attention to sound finance. 35 However, on 16 July Grin’ko, in a further memorandum to Stalin, was more optimistic. 36 Then, on 23 August, the day after Kviring despatched his critical memorandum, NKfin sent a further memorandum to Kaganovich and Chubar’, which reported an unusually healthy state of public finance. Its figures showed that the growth of currency issue in January–June 1936 was less rapid than in the same period of 1935.

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