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Robert Abzug, Director CLA 2.402, 305 E 23rd St B3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-475-6178

Fall 2005

J S 311 • History of Jews in Russian and Eastern Europe, Section 1

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40770 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
GAR 201

Course Description

During this course we will discuss the Jews as one, though admittedly distinct, minority within a multi-national Russian empire, residing in areas where the non-Jewish population (the Poles, the Ukrainians, the Lithuanians) engaged in their own struggles for national liberation. .We will discuss the political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual trajectories which took place within the Jewish community, though in constant interaction with their non-Jewish neighbors, starting with the 18th century Russian empire and ending with the post-Holocaust Poland and Soviet Union. The main focus of the course will be the constant struggle of Jews for personal, cultural and political autonomy in a country where both official and popular public opinion conceived of them as strangers.

Grading Policy

2 exams: 25% each; Final Exam: 50%


Berkhoff, Karel, Harvest of Despair, Life and Death in Ukraine Under Nazi Rule Dubnov, Simon, History of the Jews in Russia and Poland Hundert, Gershon ed., Essential Papers on Hasidism Krutikov, Mikhail, Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1904-1914 Miron, Dan, A Traveler Disguised: The Rise of Modern Yiddish Fiction in the Nineteenth Century Nathans, Benjamin, Beyond the Pale: The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia Parush, Iris, Reading Jewish Women, Marginality and Modernization in Nineteenth Century Eastern European Jewish Society Pogonowski, Iwo, Jews in Poland: A Documentary History Stanislawski, Michael, Tsar Nicholas I and the Jews, The Transformation of Jewish Society in Russia, 1825-1855.; Weiner, Amir, Making Sense of War: The Second World War and the Fate of the Bolshevik Revolution.; Wincelberg, Shimon, Samurai of Vishogrod: The Notebook of Jacob Marateck.; Zipperstein, Steven, The Jews of Odessa, A Cultural History, 1794-1881. In addition there will be a course packet.


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