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- DescriptionThe shtetl was home to two-thirds of East Europe's Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, yet it has long been one of the most neglected and misunderstood chapters of the Jewish experience. This book provides the first grassroots social, ecomic, and cultural history of the shtetl. Challenging popular misconceptions of the shtetl as an isolated, ramshackle Jewish village stricken by poverty and pogroms, Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern argues that, in its heyday from the 1790s to the 1840s, the shtetl was a thriving Jewish community as vibrant as any in Europe. Petrovsky-Shtern brings this golden age to life, looking at dozens of shtetls and drawing on a wealth of never-before-used archival material. Illustrated throughout with rare archival photographs and artwork, this nuanced history casts the shtetl in an altogether new light, revealing how its golden age continues to shape the collective memory of the Jewish people today.
- Author BiographyYohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies at Northwestern University.
- PrizesWinner of National Jewish Book Award for American Jewish Studies 2014. Commended for PROSE Awards: European and World History 2015. Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2015.
- Author(s)Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication29/04/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note50 halftones. 1 map.
- Weight771 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine31 mm
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