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The Jewish dark continent : life and death in the Russian pale of settlement, Nathaniel Deutsch

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The Jewish dark continent : life and death in the Russian pale of settlement
Title
The Jewish dark continent
Title remainder
life and death in the Russian pale of settlement
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Nathaniel Deutsch
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Subject
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Language
  • eng
  • yid
  • eng
Summary
  • At the turn of the twentieth century, over forty percent of the world's Jews lived within the Russian Empire, almost all in the Pale of Settlement. From the Baltic to the Black Sea, the Jews of the Pale created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. This led the historian Simon Dubnow to label the territory a Jewish "Dark Continent."Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary and aspiring ethnographer named An-sky pledged to explore the Pale. He dreamed of leading an ethnographic expedition that would produce an archive--what he called an Oral Torah of the common people rather than the rabbinic elite--which would preserve Jewish traditions and transform them into the seeds of a modern Jewish culture. Between 1912 and 1914, An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of photographs, and created a massive ethnographic questionnaire. Consisting of 2,087 questions in Yiddish--exploring the gamut of Jewish folk beliefs and traditions, from everyday activities to spiritual exercises to marital intimacies--the Jewish Ethnographic Program constitutes an invaluable portrait of Eastern European Jewish life on the brink of destruction. Nathaniel Deutsch offers the first complete translation of the questionnaire, as well as the riveting story of An-sky's almost messianic efforts to create a Jewish ethnography in an era of revolutionary change. An-sky's project was halted by World War I, and within a few years the Pale of Settlement would no longer exist. These survey questions revive and reveal shtetl life in all its wonder and complexity
  • The Jews of the Pale of Settlement created a distinctive way of life little known beyond its borders. Just before World War I, a socialist revolutionary named An-sky and his team collected jokes, recorded songs, took thousands of photographs, and created a revealing questionnaire in Yiddish, translated here in its entirety for the first time
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Deutsch, Nathaniel
Dewey number
947.004924
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maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PJ5129.R3
LC item number
Z58 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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1863-1920
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An-Ski, S.
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  • An-Ski, S
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Russia
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Ukraine
  • An-Ski, S
  • An-Ski, S
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Ethnic relations
  • Jews
  • Manners and customs
  • Russia
  • Russia (Federation)
  • Ukraine
  • Judisk folkdiktning
  • Judisk folkdiktning
  • Judar
  • Judar
Label
The Jewish dark continent : life and death in the Russian pale of settlement, Nathaniel Deutsch
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • PREFACE TO THE ANNOTATED TRANSLATION
  • THE JEWISH ETHNOGRAPHIC PROGRAM
  • AFTERWORD
  • NOTES
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • INDEX
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • Map
  • INTRODUCTION
  • 1. EXPLORING THE JEWISH DARK CONTINENT
  • 2. THE REBBE AS ETHNOGRAPHER/ THE ETHNOGRAPHER AS REBBE
  • 3. A TOTAL ACCOUNT: WRITING DOWN THE PEOPLE'S TORAH
  • 4. THE BOOK OF MAN
Control code
768119784
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (374 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780674062641
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674062641
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22573/ctt1j3kd0
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)768119784
Label
The Jewish dark continent : life and death in the Russian pale of settlement, Nathaniel Deutsch
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • PREFACE TO THE ANNOTATED TRANSLATION
  • THE JEWISH ETHNOGRAPHIC PROGRAM
  • AFTERWORD
  • NOTES
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  • INDEX
  • Frontmatter
  • CONTENTS
  • Map
  • INTRODUCTION
  • 1. EXPLORING THE JEWISH DARK CONTINENT
  • 2. THE REBBE AS ETHNOGRAPHER/ THE ETHNOGRAPHER AS REBBE
  • 3. A TOTAL ACCOUNT: WRITING DOWN THE PEOPLE'S TORAH
  • 4. THE BOOK OF MAN
Control code
768119784
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (374 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674062641
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674062641
Other physical details
map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1j3kd0
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)768119784

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