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By Zvi Gitelman

ISBN-10: 0253338115

ISBN-13: 9780253338112

Now again in print in a brand new edition!
A Century of Ambivalence
The Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the Present
Second, extended Edition
Zvi Gitelman

A richly illustrated survey of the Jewish historic event within the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era.

"Anyone with even a passing curiosity within the historical past of Russian Jewry may want to personal this splendid... book." ―Janet Hadda, l. a. Times

"... a badly wanted historic viewpoint on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his remedy of varied classes and issues, in addition to in his total overview of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by means of a rare choice of pictures that vividly replicate the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." ―David E. Fishman, Hadassah journal

"Wonderful photographs of well-known personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal buildings mix with the textual content to create an uplifting [book] for a wide and normal audience." ―Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review

"Gitelman’s textual content presents a major statement and cautious historical explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, wish and depression, highbrow restlessness succeeded through quick repression enlarges the reader’s figuring out of the dynamic forces at the back of the most vital routine in modern Jewish life." ―Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News

"... a lucid and fairly target well known historical past that expertly threads its means in the course of the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewish experience." ―Village Voice

A century in the past the Russian Empire contained the biggest Jewish group on the planet, numbering approximately 5 million humans. at the present time, the Jewish inhabitants of the previous Soviet Union has faded to part 1000000, yet is still most likely the world’s 3rd biggest Jewish group. within the intervening century the Jews of that sector were on the middle of a few of the main dramatic occasions of recent history―two international wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the cave in of the USSR. they've got undergone tumultuous upward and downward financial and social mobility and skilled nice enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling images from the data of the YIVO Institute for Jewish study and with a full of life and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence strains the ancient adventure of Jews in Russia from a interval of creativity and repression within the moment 1/2 the nineteenth century throughout the paradoxes posed by way of the post-Soviet period. This redesigned variation, together with greater than 2 hundred photos and significant new chapters at the destiny of Jews and Judaism within the former Soviet Union, is perfect for normal readers and school room use.

Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political technological know-how and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel heart for Judaic stories on the collage of Michigan. he's writer of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917–1930 and editor of sour Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust within the USSR (Indiana college Press).

Published in organization with YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Contents
Introduction
Creativity as opposed to Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881–1917
Revolution and the Ambiguities of Liberation
Reaching for Utopia: construction Socialism and a brand new Jewish Culture
The Holocaust
The Black Years and the grey, 1948–1967
Soviet Jews, 1967–1987: To Reform, Conform, or Leave?
The "Other" Jews of the previous USSR: Georgian, crucial Asian, and Mountain Jews
The Post-Soviet period: Winding Down or initiating Again?
The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

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2 (November-December, 1921), pp. 204-234. • Reprinted in Frunze, Izbrannye proizvedeniia (Moscow: Voennoe izdate1'stvo, 1957), II, pp. 4-22. A BATTLE OF ARTICLES 37 in more detailed terms. " He used the historical method to provide the answer. " Modem wars were of such a nature, therefore, that they required the exertion of all state and social efforts. 5 As a result of this total nature of war, preparatory work and prior planning took on an increased importance. "6 Frunze is here advising the Soviet state to do what every national state has done throughout the course of history - plan for the coming war.

He asserted that the first period - the period of the Soviet Civil Wax - had been chaxacterized by an instability on the part of both the Red and the White Armies. The White Army has unstable because it had been organized chiefly from the peasant masses, who, Gusev maintained, vacillated between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. For its part, the Red Army could not escape the same sort of vacillation and unsteadiness since it, too, was composed overwhelmingly of peasants. 4 The first thesis say little more than that the Red and White Armies were composed mainly of peasants.

Frunze pictured the class character of future clashes as providing still further sources of optimism to the Soviet state. This possibility of assistance on the part of the working class of other countries would help to overcome the technological backwardness of the Soviet Republic. " This is international civil war at its best. Here is a picture of the Red Army in an offensive against the bourgeoisie - an offensive in which the Red Army attacks alongside the working class of other countries. It is an interpretation into military terms of the communist promise of providing salvation to the workers of the world.

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