Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914 by Natan M. MeirKiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914 by Natan M. Meir

Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914

byNatan M. Meir

Paperback | June 30, 2010

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Populated by urbane Jewish merchants and professionals as well as new arrivals from the shtetl, imperial Kiev was acclaimed for its opportunities for education, culture, employment, and entrepreneurship but cursed for the often pitiless persecution of its Jews. Kiev, Jewish Metropolis limns the history of Kiev Jewry from the official readmission of Jews to the city in 1859 to the outbreak of World War I. It explores the Jewish community's politics, its leadership struggles, socioeconomic and demographic shifts, religious and cultural sensibilities, and relations with the city's Christian population. Drawing on archival documents, the local press, memoirs, and belles lettres, Natan M. Meir shows Kiev's Jews at work, at leisure, in the synagogue, and engaged in the activities of myriad Jewish organizations and philanthropies.

Natan M. Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Title:Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.94 inPublished:June 30, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222079

ISBN - 13:9780253222077

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Table of Contents

Part 1. The Early Years
1. Settlement and Growth, 18591881
2. The Foundations of Communal Life
Part 2. Jewish Metropolis
3. The Consolidation of Jewish Kiev, 18811914
4. Modern Jewish Cultures and Practices
5. Jew as Neighbor, Jew as Other: Interethnic Relations and Antisemitism
6. Varieties of Jewish Philanthropy
7. Revolutions in Communal Life

Editorial Reviews

Without any doubt this is a very important first monograph on the history of Jews in Kiev, which reveals many new aspects of Jewish life in the city and in the Tsarist Empire and brings one of the largest Jewish communities in Russia into the scholarly orbit.