ZIPPERSTEIN, Steven J.
Title: Jews of Odessa : A Cultural History, 1794-1881. First Editon iu dustjacket
Publisher:  Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1985, ISBN:0804712514
Seller ID: 113742
IPPERSTEIN, Steven J. The Jews of Odessa : A Cultural History, 1794-1881. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 1985. First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-ix,(7),-212,(2). Map. Index. 8vo, green cloth, silver lettering to spne. "Founded in 1794 as a frontier city on the Black Sea, Odessa soon grew to be one of Russia's busiest seaports. The new city was a boomtown, with opportunities on every hand and too few people to seize them all. Settlers of all nationalities were welcome in Odessa, and many Jews leaped at the opportunity to try their fortunes. The Jewish community grew into one of the largest, wealthiest, and most culturally fertile in Europe. In this first history of Jewish Odessa in any language, the author traces the rise of Odessa's Jewish community from the earliest days to the pogroms of 1881 that erupted after the assassination of Alexander II. The author emphasizes the acculturation of the Jewish community, describing changes in behavior, attitude, and ideology as reflected in its schools, synagogues, newspapers, and other instititutions. During the period covered, patterns were set that continued to affect the community's cultural development well into the second decade of the twentieth century. Odessa more closely resembled a modern European metropolis than did any other Russian city in which Jews lived in significant numbers, and this study od Odessa's Jews should help scholars to better understand the diversity of rhe Rssian Jewish exDenerience.: (fromthe dustjacket), Contentrs : Introduction. 1. Historical Background. 2. In stitutional Reform, Haskalah, and Cultural Change, 1826-1860. 3. A Middle-Class Urban Paradigm: The Early 1860's. 4. The "Enlightened" and the "Assimilated". 5. The 1871 Pogrom: The City as Netherworld. 6. Contunuiy and Reassessment, 1871-1881. Conclusion. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00