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Jews in Poland and Russia: A Short History

Antony Polonsky


For many centuries Poland and Russia formed the heartland of the Jewish world: right up to the Second World War, the area was home to over 40 per cent of the world's Jews. Yet the history of their Jewish communities is not well known. This book recreates this lost world, beginning with Jewish economic, cultural and religious life, including the emergence of hasidism. By the late eighteenth century, other factors had come into play: with the onset of modernization there were government attempts to integrate and transform the Jews, and the stirrings of Enlightenment led to the growth of the Hask ... More

Keywords: Poland, Russia, Jews, Jewish communities, Hasidism, Haskalah movement, emancipation, acculturation, assimilation, Jewish mass culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764395
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764395.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antony Polonsky, author
Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University