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A Century of Ambivalence
The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present
Second, multiplied Edition
Zvi Gitelman

A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish ancient 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 remedy of assorted sessions and issues, in addition to in his total assessment of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated via a rare selection of images that vividly replicate 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 vast and basic audience." ―Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review

"Gitelman’s textual content offers a major observation and cautious old explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, wish and melancholy, highbrow restlessness succeeded by means of quick repression enlarges the reader’s realizing of the dynamic forces at the back of the most very important hobbies in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and fairly goal renowned heritage that expertly threads its manner in the course of 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 the earth, numbering approximately 5 million humans. this day, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has faded to part one million, yet continues to be most likely the world’s 3rd greatest Jewish group. within the intervening century the Jews of that quarter 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 pictures from the files of the YIVO Institute for Jewish examine and with a full of life and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence strains the historic adventure of Jews in Russia from a interval of creativity and repression within the moment 1/2 the nineteenth century throughout the paradoxes posed via the post-Soviet period. This redesigned variation, inclusive of greater than 2 hundred photos and great new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for basic readers and school room use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political technology and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel heart for Judaic experiences 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 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, critical Asian, and Mountain Jews
The Post-Soviet period: Winding Down or initiating Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

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15 This seemingly commonsensical pairing (neutrality, documentation) masks several underlying assumptions that indicate how this prose viewed its place in the world. Representation reveals itself to be far more than art’s mirroring of reality, as Tzvetan Todorov and Mikhail Bakhtin note when they caution against confusing verisimilitude with what actually exists. 16 For Felski this molding of progressive ideology and mimesis heightens one’s awareness of women’s problems. 17 Following this type of logic, one post-Soviet critic optimistically argues that this story was a subversive forerunner of glasnost feminism.

However, even a cursory glance at byt, gender, or twentieth-century history reveals this attitude to be incorrect and its manifestation in writing to be no less problematic. 20 Introduction Critics nevertheless united behind the appeal of fact to contemporary prose, espying this motivation in authors as diverse as the ambivalent novelist Iurii Trifonov and the multitude of writers lauding Soviet industrialization. Both contemporary reality and key historical events (particularly the Civil War and the defeat of the Nazis) were favorite topics.

El’sberg hesitantly admits the necessity of byt and sets the tone for later discussions of Baranskaia. ”36 Two other critics make a similar comment when applauding Tokareva for making the everyday “ideational” (a watchword of socialist realism). 38 This second group of critics recalls the narrator in Grekova’s early story “Za prokhodnoi” (Beyond the Checkpoint, 1961), who sees byt as either intrinsically valuable or at least as a conduit to more significant topics: “Art is a strange thing. We notice it when it is reflected in great things, but from day to day we live surrounded by petty, forgotten, transitory little things.

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