Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

The research and writing of the dissertation on which this book is based was a life-changing experience for me. As I lived through many challenges, choices, changes, losses and gains in my personal life, I was also living during a great turning point of world history: the end of the Cold...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

This book focuses on the Russian Jewish bureaucrats known as uchenye evrei (lit., learned Jews or expert Jews).1 They have never been the subject of a historical study, by their contemporaries nor by later scholars. However, the fictional expert Jew became a stereotype in Russian language...

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1. Jews and the Grasp of the Empire

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pp. 17-44

On May 17, 1840, the Russian Minister of Internal Affairs, General Aide-de- Camp Lev Perovskii, at the order of the emperor, issued a circular directive to the governor-generals to set up committees of provincial bureaucrats and trusted and educated Jews in order to establish the post of...

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2. Bureaucratic Jews

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pp. 45-84

On August 1, 1840, as per an MVD circular directive, a committee on the establishment of the provincial rabbinate and provincial Jewish religious boards was set up in Odessa under the governor-general of Novorossiia and Bessarabiia, Prince Mikhail Semenovich Vorontsov.1 The...

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3. “Without Haste and Without Rest”

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pp. 85-126

In Sholem Aleichem’s novel Funem yarid (From the Fair, 1916), the protagonist Sholom moves from a provincial town to the big city of Kiev in search of a new life and better opportunities—”some business, occupation, profession or position.”1 Even this novice has learned that to achieve his...

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4. Jews, Law, and Order

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pp. 127-176

The “Statute” and the “Secret Regulation” of 1850 put expert Jews under the exclusive control of the provincial governors and limited their bureaucratic scope to the exposure of Jewish religious “fanaticism” and its eradication through moral influence on traditional Jews. In practice, the...

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5. Literature and the Table of Ranks

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pp. 177-200

Unlike the Russian bureaucracy, the Russian intelligentsia was not an estate or social class, but rather an amorphous “self-proclaimed social subculture”1 with permeable boundaries and shifting social features, structurally divided by diverse ideological, political, and social affiliations....

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Conclusion

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pp. 201-206

As demonstrated in this book, the institution of Russian Jewish bureaucracy was the primary means of the making and implementation of Russian imperial policy toward the Jews. In the 1840s, the ambitious government program of social transformation of the Russian Jews...

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Epilogue

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pp. 207-210

The passing of expert Jew German Barats on March 26, 1922, in Kiev went unnoticed by the contemporary Soviet Russian press. However, Barats’s death produced a considerable response among his friends and colleagues who had emigrated to Europe and America after the fall of the Russian...

Appendix

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pp. 211-222

Notes

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pp. 223-266

Works Cited

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pp. 267-280

Index

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pp. 281-292