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Beyond the Pale: The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia

Benjamin Nathans


A surprising number of Jews lived, literally and figuratively, “beyond the Pale” of Jewish Settlement in tsarist Russia during the half-century before the Revolution of 1917. Thanks to the availability of long-closed Russian archives, along with a wide range of other sources, this book reinterprets the history of the Russian-Jewish encounter. In the wake of Russia's “Great Reforms”, it states, a policy of selective integration stimulated social and geographic mobility among the empire's Jews. The reaction that culminated, toward the turn of the century, in ethnic restrictions on admission to u ... More

Keywords: Jews, Jewish Settlement, Russia, integration, Russian-Jewish encounter, ethnic restrictions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520208308
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520208308.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Nathans, author