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Minsk, the present capital of Belarus, was a heavily Jewish city in the decades between the world wars. Recasting our understanding of Soviet Jewish history, Becoming Soviet Jews demonstrates that the often violent social changes enforced by the communist project did not destroy continuities with prerevolutionary forms of Jewish life in Minsk. Using Minsk as a case study of the Sovietization of Jews in the former Pale of Settlement, Elissa Bemporad reveals the ways in which many Jews acculturated to Soviet society in the 1920s and 1930s while remaining committed to older patterns of Jewish identity, such as Yiddish culture and education, attachment to the traditions of the Jewish workers' Bund, circumcision, and kosher slaughter. This pioneering study also illuminates the reshaping of gender relations on the Jewish street and explores Jewish everyday life and identity during the years of the Great Terror.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page, Series Page
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Dedication Page
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-8
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. viii-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1: Historical Profile of an Eastern European Jewish City
  2. pp. 13-30
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  1. 2: Red Star on the Jewish Street
  2. pp. 31-50
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  1. 3: Entangled Loyalties: The Bund, the Evsektsiia, and the Creation of a “New” Jewish Political Culture
  2. pp. 51-80
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  1. 4: Soviet Minsk: The Capital of Yiddish
  2. pp. 81-111
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  1. 5: Behavior Unbecoming a Communist: Jewish Religious Practice in a Soviet Capital
  2. pp. 112-144
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  1. 6: Housewives, Mothers, and Workers: Roles and Representations of Jewish Women in Times of Revolution
  2. pp. 145-175
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  1. 7: Jewish Ordinary Life in the Midst of Extraordinary Purges: 1934–1939
  2. pp. 176-210
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 211-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-252
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 292-292
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253008275
Print ISBN
9780253008138
MARC Record
OCLC
841794253
Pages
292
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-30
Language
English
Open Access
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