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A Century of Ambivalence
The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present
Second, increased 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 historical past 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 therapy of assorted classes and topics, in addition to in his total evaluate of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated via a unprecedented number 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 extensive and normal audience." ―Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review

"Gitelman’s textual content presents a huge observation and cautious ancient explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, desire and depression, highbrow restlessness succeeded by means of quick repression enlarges the reader’s figuring out of the dynamic forces at the back of essentially the most vital pursuits in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and fairly aim well known historical past that expertly threads its approach 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 planet, numbering approximately 5 million humans. this day, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has faded to part one million, yet is still most likely the world’s 3rd biggest Jewish group. within the intervening century the Jews of that quarter were on the middle of a few of the main dramatic occasions of contemporary history―two international wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the cave in of the USSR. they've got undergone tumultuous upward and downward financial and social mobility and skilled nice enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling pictures from the data of the YIVO Institute for Jewish examine and with a full of life and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence strains the ancient adventure of Jews in Russia from a interval of creativity and repression within the moment half the nineteenth century during the paradoxes posed by way of the post-Soviet period. This redesigned variation, along with greater than 2 hundred photos and gigantic new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for common 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 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

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, valuable Asian, and Mountain Jews
The Post-Soviet period: Winding Down or beginning Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

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