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Beyond the PaleThe Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia$
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Benjamin Nathans

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520208308

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520208308.001.0001

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The Russian–Jewish Encounter

The Russian–Jewish Encounter

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(p.1) Introduction The Russian–Jewish Encounter
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Beyond the Pale
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Benjamin Nathans

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520208308.003.0001

This chapter deals with the crossing of visible and invisible boundaries in the Russian Empire during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It notes that its subject is the encounter between Jews and Russians, the dynamics of Jewish integration into Russian society, and the various roles played in this process by individuals, social groups, and the imperial state. It further notes that the Russian-Jewish encounter is an essential part of the story of how and why the largest Jewish community in the world began its complex passage to modernity not in any of the various new worlds—the Soviet Union, the United States, or the Jewish settlements in Palestine—but in the old, under an old regime, and in the peculiar circumstances of a relatively backward dynamic empire.

Keywords:   Russian Empire, Jewish integration, modernity, Soviet Union, United States, Jewish settlements, Palestine

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