The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia

The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia

Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power
Andrew Sloin
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/12/2017
ISBN: 978-0-253-02463-3
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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.

Author Bio

Andrew Sloin is Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College.


"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 Shtetl

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Table of Contents

Notes on Transliteration and Translation
Part I - Revolution
1. Making Jews Bolshevik
Part II – Capital and Labor
2. Speculators, Swindlers, and Other Jews: Regulating Trade in Revolutionary White Russia
3. Jewish Proletarians and Proletarian Jews: The Emancipation of Labor in NEP Society
Part III – Political Culture and Nationality
4. From Bolshevik
Haskole to Cultural Revolution: Abram Beilin and the Jewish Revolution
5. Bundism and the Nationalities Question
Part IV – The Politics of Crisis
6. The Politics of Crisis: Economy, Ethnicity, and Trotskyism
7. Antisemitism and the Stalin Revolution
Appendix: Tables