By Paul Bushkovitch
Obtainable to scholars, travelers, and basic readers alike, this ebook presents a large assessment of Russian heritage because the 9th century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the large adjustments within the figuring out of Russian background caused by the tip of the Soviet Union in 1991. considering the fact that then, new fabric has come to mild at the historical past of the Soviet period, offering new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary previous. The ebook strains not just the political heritage of Russia, but additionally advancements in its literature, artwork, and technology. Bushkovitch describes famous cultural figures, equivalent to Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Mendeleev of their institutional and ancient contexts. even though the 1917 revolution, the ensuing Soviet process, and the chilly struggle have been a very important a part of Russian and global heritage, Bushkovitch provides past advancements as greater than only a prelude to Bolshevik strength.
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16 Bogrov coined his expression as a play on the Russian “kvasnoi patriot” [kvas patriot]. Kvas is a mildly alcoholic, typically Russian drink, and the phrase refers to a jingoist, one whose patriotism is no more reasoned or sophisticated than his fondness for an intoxicating national drink. 17 Nonetheless, many other Russian Jewish readers agreed with the reviewer from Den’. ”19 He criticized Bogrov specifically, though, for the opposite reason: Bogrov’s hostility toward his subject. “It is not at all that objective calm that is one of the most important virtues of every artistic work; it is, precisely, a kind of coldness, as though the author .
62 The memoirs of Russifying Jewish intellectuals attest to the possibility of this scene; they felt that they had bettered themselves precisely in accordance with the model they had found in Pisarev’s and Chernyshevsky’s writings. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, an early Zionist who helped revive Hebrew as a spoken language, agreed on Chernyshevsky’s What Is to Be Done? as a model for the new Jewish literature. 64 22 INTRODUCTION Non-Jewish writers too described the transformation of the Jew by means of literature, as exemplified by Raisa/Rebecca, the heroine of Rostislav Sementkovsky’s novella Evrei i zhidy [Jews and Yids].
The campaign intensified as the nineteenth century wore on. 41 It may have been under the influence of this opinion that the tsarist government eventually seemed to suggest that some minorities were unassimilable when it permitted members of certain groups, such as the Jews, to emigrate. 42 Because disagreements over the cultural and legal place of the Jews made reference to larger disputes about whether Russian citizenship should be redesigned according to Western models, examination of the changing treatment of the Jews opens a window on the interplay between changing notions of imperial subjecthood and citizenship as well as of the individual’s possible personal, religious, and political affiliations.