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Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia
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This book makes accessible--for the first time in English--declassified archival documents from the former Soviet Union, rabbinic sources, and previously untranslated memoirs, illuminating everyday Jewish life as the site of interaction and negotiation among and between neighbors, society, and the Russian state, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to World War I. Focusing on religion, family, health, sexuality, work, and politics, these documents provide an intimate portrait of the rich diversity of Jewish life. By personalizing collective experience through individual life stories--reflecting not only the typical but also the extraordinary--the sources reveal the tensions and ruptures in a vanished society. An introductory survey of Russian Jewish history from the Polish partitions (1772-1795) to World War I combines with prefatory remarks, textual annotations, and a bibliography of suggested readings to provide a new perspective on the history of the Jews of Russia.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-x
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xxiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-58
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  1. [I]Religious Life
  2. pp. 59-60
  1. The Diversity of Religious Experience
  2. pp. 61-134
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  1. Religious Dilemmas and Jewish Law
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. Conversion to Christianity
  2. pp. 143-155
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  1. Jews and the State on Religious Matters
  2. pp. 156-164
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  1. [II]Family Life
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. Parents and Children
  2. pp. 167-184
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  1. Marriage and Divorce
  2. pp. 185-229
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  1. Family Life after Conversion to Christianity
  2. pp. 230-241
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  1. Death : Orphanhood, Guardianship, and Property
  2. pp. 242-260
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  1. [III]Health and Sexuality
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. Traditional Healing and Folk Medicines
  2. pp. 265-291
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  1. Mental Illness
  2. pp. 292-301
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  1. Modesty
  2. pp. 302-304
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  1. Marital Sex
  2. pp. 305-324
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  1. Extramarital Sex
  2. pp. 325-336
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  1. Prostitution
  2. pp. 337-350
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  1. [IV]Education and Culture
  2. pp. 351-352
  1. Institutions of Jewish Learning
  2. pp. 353-390
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  1. Jewish Private Schools
  2. pp. 391-400
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  1. Secondary School Education
  2. pp. 401-411
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  1. State Rabbinical Schools in Vil’na and Zhitomir
  2. pp. 412-418
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  1. University Life
  2. pp. 419-438
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  1. [V]Work
  2. pp. 439-440
  1. Commerce and Trade
  2. pp. 441-466
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  1. Domestic Service
  2. pp. 467-472
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  1. Jewish Agricultural Colonies and Farms
  2. pp. 473-482
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  1. Artisans and Factory Work
  2. pp. 483-494
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  1. Professionals
  2. pp. 495-506
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  1. [VI]Jews, Neighbors, and the Russian State
  2. pp. 507-510
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  1. Conscription
  2. pp. 511-524
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  1. The Polish Uprising of 1863
  2. pp. 525-530
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  1. Antisemitism and Pogroms
  2. pp. 531-557
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  1. Jews in the Revolutionary Movement
  2. pp. 558-592
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  1. Zionism
  2. pp. 593-600
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  1. Emigration
  2. pp. 601-612
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 613-620
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 621-635
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 636-636
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