Northern Illinois University Press

Russia Gathers Her Jews

The Origins of the "Jewish Question" in Russia, 17721825

John Doyle Klier

Klier offers an important new analysis of Russia's early acquisition of, attitudes toward, and administration of its Jewish population. He argues that the Russian response to the Jewish Question was based less on a tradition of religious antipathy than on the failure to develop a consistent, well-articulated policy in the face of a new and unusual problem. This failure led to ineffective social legislation and became the legacy of Russia's first encounter with the Jews.

(1986) 260 pp., illus.
ISBN: 978-0-87580-117-9
cloth $35.50

ISBN: 978-0-87580-983-0
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Table of Contents

1 Poland-Lithuania: "Paradise for Jews"
2 Russia's Ambiguous Jewish Legacy
3 Russia and the Jews: First Impressions, 1772-1796
4 The Discovery of the Jewish Question in Russia, 1796-1801
5 A Phantom in the Air: The Statute of 1804
6 The Vicissitudes of Reform, 1804-1825
7 Russians and Jews: The Unofficial View

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-117-9
cloth $35.50
ISBN: 978-0-87580-983-0
paper $24.00