Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914

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byNatan M. Meir

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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.

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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 r...

Natan M. Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Format: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

Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"This study... represents an important addition to the historiography of Russian Jewry in that it addresses a notable gap in the literature: the Jewish population of late imperial Kiev.... Meir's portrait of Kievan Jewry and its institutional formation is a thoroughly researched study that considers multiple perspectives, namely those of a diverse Jewish community, its competing political leaders, the tsarist government, and provincial and municipal administrators." -East European Jewish Affairs