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Jews and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Russia


  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528498

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  • Jews and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Russia is a carefully researched study of 100 years of Russian-Jewish revolutionary history, exploring the origins and characteristics of Jewish participation in Russian revolutionary politics between 1790 and 1890. Focusing sharply on Jewish motivations and the qualities of Russian Jewish activists, it drastically reverses the traditional historiographical trend of de-Judaising and minimising the role of Jews who joined Russian revolutionary circles, especially during the movement's Populist phase of the 1870s and 1880s. By the same token, it challenges many clichés and assumptions which have governed conventional wisdom on the radical behaviour of so-called assimilationist 'non-Jewish Jews'. This revisionist approach restores a neglected yet important group of Jews to their rightful place in the historical experience of the Jewish people in Russia.

    • Comprehensive analysis of Jewish participation in the revolutionary movements of nineteenth-century Russia
    • Challenges the conventional wisdom that ignored the Jewishness of Jewish revolutionaries, and downplayed their role
    • Will be of interest to people in Jewish studies, as well as historians of Russia (nineteenth century increasingly popular topic)
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    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528498
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.575kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface. 1. Introduction: The beginnings of Russian Jewish radicalism, 1790–1868
    Part I. The Chaikovskii Circles: Jewish Radicals in the Formative Stage of Revolutionary Populism:
    2. Jewish student activists in St Petersburg
    3. Chaikhovskyist Jews in Moscow, Odessa, and Kiev
    4. The rebellious Jewish youth of Vilna
    5. Socialist Jews and Russian populism
    Part II. The Land and Freedom Party: Jews and the Politicisation of Revolutionary Populism, 1875–1879:
    6. Jewish 'generals of revolution'
    7. The heresy of political terrorism
    Part III. The Party of the People's Will: Jewish Terrorists of Socialist Conviction, 1879–1887:
    8. Motives of revolution
    9. Technicians of terrorism
    10. The pogroms of 1881–1882
    11. Epigones and pioneers
    12. Conclusion: Haskalah and the socialist promise of salvation

  • Author

    Erich Haberer, University of Toronto

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