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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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Language, Ethnicity, and Urban Space

Language, Ethnicity, and Urban Space

(p.82) (p.83) Chapter 3 Language, Ethnicity, and Urban Space
Beyond the Pale

Benjamin Nathans

University of California Press

This chapter recasts the issue of Jewish integration so as to render visible its social and cultural dimensions. It examines those privileged Jews who, taking advantage of the residential freedoms offered by the policy of selective integration, moved literally beyond the Pale, to the imperial capital, which became the site of the largest and most influential Jewish community in Russia proper. It observes that Jews elaborated their own distinctive mythology of Petersburg as a “Window on Russia”, in contrast to the capital's reputation among Russians as essentially foreign.

Keywords:   Jewish integration, social and cultural dimensions, selective integration, Pale, Russia, mythology of Petersburg

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