Class And Ethnicity In The Pale: The Political Economy Of Jewish Workers' Nationalism In Late Imperial

Yoav Peled*

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Abstract

This study is meant as a contribution to the ongoing discussion of the relationship between modernisation and ethnic conflict. My purpose in undertaking it was three-fold: (I) to explain the emergence of a particular type of ethno-class consciousness among Jewish workers in the Russian Pale of Settlement,' and to argue that this particular consciousness was reflected in the increasingly nationalist ideology adopted by the Jewish labour movement in that region, a movement known as the Bund; (2) to examine, in light of this historical case, some of the analytic insights developed by the school of'reactive nationalism' in order to test their usefulness for understanding ethnic developments under conditions of early industrialisation; (3) to rediscover the debate between the Bund and its main political rivals-the Russian socialdemocrats and the socialist Zionists-a debate which covered much of the same ground as present-day discussions of ethnicity and ethnic conflict, and from which important lessons could be drawn by modern students of the problem.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages171
ISBN (Electronic)9781349201143
ISBN (Print)9780333412558
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Jan 2016

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