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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

(p.310) (p.311) Chapter 8 The Judicial Reform and Jewish Citizenship
Beyond the Pale

Benjamin Nathans

University of California Press

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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