The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia
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The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia : Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power

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Jewish life was changed fundamentally as Jews joined the Bolshevik movement and populated the front lines of the revolutionary struggle. Andrew Sloin's story follows the arc of Bolshevik history but shows how the broader movement was enacted in factories and workshops, workers' clubs and union meetings, and on the Jewish streets of White Russia. The protagonists here are shoemakers, speculators, glassmakers, peddlers, leatherworkers, needleworkers, soldiers, students, and local party operatives who were swept up, willingly or otherwise, into the Bolshevik project. Sloin stresses the fundamental relationship between economy and identity formation as party officials grappled with the Jewish Question in the wake of the revolution.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23.88mm | 680g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 025302451X
  • 9780253024510

Review quote

"Readable, well-researched, firmly grounded on existing literature and on primary sources. A welcome addition to recent works on Jewish history in Belarus." -Anna Shternshis, author of Soviet and Kosher "A remarkable social history that investigates the process of Sovietization among Jews in Belorussia through the perspective of labor and the economy. Andrew Sloin's mastery of the relevant literature and his own rigorous analysis provide firm grounding for this book." -Jeffrey Veidlinger, author of In the Shadow of the Shtetlshow more

About Andrew Sloin

Andrew Sloin is Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsNotes on Transliteration and TranslationIntroductionPart I - Revolution1. Making Jews BolshevikPart II - Capital and Labor2. Speculators, Swindlers, and Other Jews: Regulating Trade in Revolutionary White Russia3. Jewish Proletarians and Proletarian Jews: The Emancipation of Labor in NEP SocietyPart III - Political Culture and Nationality4. From Bolshevik Haskole to Cultural Revolution: Abram Beilin and the Jewish Revolution5. Bundism and the Nationalities QuestionPart IV - The Politics of Crisis6. The Politics of Crisis: Economy, Ethnicity, and Trotskyism7. Antisemitism and the Stalin RevolutionConclusionAppendix: TablesNotesBibliographyIndexshow more