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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Henry Abramson A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917–1920

Henry Abramson A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917–1920

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(p.484) Henry Abramson A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917–1920
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15
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Amir Weiner

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.003.0034

This chapter takes a look at Ukrainian–Jewish relations as portrayed in Henry Abramson’s A Prayer for the Government. Few topics in east European history are as complex, emotional, and politically charged as Ukrainian–Jewish relations — all the more so when the focus is on the troubled times of the Russian Revolution. The extensive historiography of this theme has been largely polemical, self-righteous, and one-sided. In his first monograph, Abramson plunges head on into this forbidding swamp. The result is a thoughtful, lucid, and level-headed study of a topic that has often defied these terms. Although Abramson does not offer a radically new interpretation — a practically impossible task given the voluminous literature — he makes full use of his command of all the necessary languages (Ukrainian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian), judiciously analysing archival sources and extensive secondary literature to produce the most authoritative study to date of this difficult question and era.

Keywords:   Henry Abramson, book review, Ukrainian–Jewish relations, A Prayer for the Government, Russian Revolution, east European history

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