Studies of the Simon Dubnow Institute, Volume 6
Neue Orte – neue Menschen.
Jüdische Lebensformen in St. Petersburg und Moskau im 19. Jahrhundert
459 pp. with 21 illustrations and 15 scales
Hardcover with dust jacket
Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006
Price: 60,00 € (D)
In the second half of the nineteenth century, St. Petersburg and Moscow became new urban centers for Jewish settlement. This study looks at the history of the Jews in Moscow and St. Petersburg a a long-term process of geographical and cultural mobility. Special attention here is focused on how traditional structures and conceptions of value of the Jewish kehilla (Gemeinde, Community) are modified and preserved. Yvonne Kleinmann investigates Jewish social structures, forms of organization and religious expression in the context of the legal situation of the Jews in central Russia. She describes the two multiethnic metropolises as places of economic competition and interethnic conflict. At the same time, her study illuminates the possibilities they harbored for creating cultural spaces beyond the perimeters of ethnic-religious belonging.