- The Golden Age Shtetl
The Golden Age Shtetl
A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe
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The 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, economic, 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.
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies at Northwestern University.
More about this book
- Winner of the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in History (Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award), Jewish Book Council
- Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in European & World History, Association of American Publishers
- One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2015
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- Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
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