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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 Judicial Reform and Jewish Citizenship

The Judicial Reform and Jewish Citizenship

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(p.310) (p.311) Chapter 8 The Judicial Reform and Jewish Citizenship
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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/9780520208308.003.0009

This chapter discusses the newly fashioned legal profession where its ideal of the rule of law serves as the final arena in which to observe the Russian-Jewish encounter. It notes that by the 1880s, university-trained Jewish lawyers were among the leading advocates of integration. It pays particular attention to three aspects of their work: their inauguration of the study of Russian-Jewish history in order to buttress arguments for legal emancipation; their alliance with Petersburg Jewish elites and the resulting reinvention of the political strategies of those elites; and their articulation of new forms of Russian-Jewish identity in which the national dimension of Jewish life would coexist with a juridically defined transnational Russian citizenship.

Keywords:   legal profession, rule of law, Russian-Jewish encounter, legal emancipation, Petersburg Jewish elites, transnational Russian citizenship

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