Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

by Steven J. Zipperstein


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Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (History)

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Economist and the East Hampton Star

Shortlisted for the Mark Lynton History Prize

Separating historical fact from fantasy, an acclaimed historian retells the story of Kishinev, a riot that transformed the course of twentieth-century Jewish history.

So shattering were the aftereffects of Kishinev, the rampage that broke out in late-Tsarist Russia in April 1903, that one historian remarked that it was “nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself.” In three days of violence, 49 Jews were killed and 600 raped or wounded, while more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed. Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers throughout the Western world, and covered sensationally by America’s Hearst press, the pre-Easter attacks seized the imagination of an international public, quickly becoming the prototype for what would become known as a “pogrom,” and providing the impetus for efforts as varied as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the NAACP. Using new evidence culled from Russia, Israel, and Europe, distinguished historian Steven J. Zipperstein’s wide-ranging book brings historical insight and clarity to a much-misunderstood event that would do so much to transform twentieth-century Jewish life and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631495991
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 173,369
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Steven J. Zipperstein is the Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University. A contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Jewish Review of Books and coeditor of the “Jewish Lives” series for Yale University Press, he lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration, Dates, Terms, and Place-names xi

Preface xiii

1 Age of Pogroms 1

2 Town and Countryside 27

3 "Squalid Brawl in a Distant City" 61

4 Burdens of Truth 101

5 Sages of Zion, Pavel Krushevan, and the Shadow of Kishinev 145

6 Remains of the Day 185

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 213

Bibliography 233

Index 245

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