Jews in the East European Borderlands

Jews in the East European Borderlands

Essays in Honor of John D. Klier

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Academic Studies Press
John Doyle Klier’s pioneering publications on the relations between Jews and the Russian social order—on topics such as public opinion, governance, conversion, Russification politics, antisemitism, and pogroms—have influenced an entire generation of new scholarship. Jews in the East European Borderlands, a collection of essays honoring Klier’s life and work, brings together some of the most innovative scholarship in the field. Focusing on the complex, often violent, entanglements between Jews and Russians, historians and literary scholars critically reassess the artifacts of high culture, including Yiddish and Russian prose and poetry, as well as dimensions of daily life, including letter-writing, diaries, the work of philanthropy, photojournalism, and the mass circulation press.

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Avrutin (modern European Jewish history) and Murav (Slaviclanguages and literatures), both at the U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, introduce Klier (1944-2007) as a pioneering UIscholar on Jewish-Russian history on Jews in the East Europeanborderlands. Based on a conference honoring Klier held in 2009and new archival sources, this collection of a dozen essays byinternational contributors examines factors that impacted Jewishcommunal life and culture in the late imperial and early Sovietperiods, the establishment of Jewish communities in the easternborderlands of Europe, and the genealogy of anti-Jewish violencein these areas. Conflicting images of such Jewish life is examinedin the Yiddish works of An-sky and Sholem-aleichem. Illustrationsinclude a Russian anti-Semitic cartoon and photographs of deathcamps. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781618110510
Characteristics: 1 online resource (285 pages) : illustrations


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