Yuri Lvovich Slezkine is a Russian-born American historian, writer, and translator . He is a professor of Russian history and Director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known as the author of the book The Jewish Century () and. The Jewish Century has ratings and 23 reviews. Michael said: This book was But it underscores Yuri Slezkine’s provocative thesis. Not only have Jews. But it underscores Yuri Slezkine’s provocative thesis. Not only have Jews adapted better than many other groups to living in the modern world, they have.

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Russian Theatre in Israel: Erudite, erratic, savage, and capacious, it has garnered much praise and also criticism, and it has won several awards. Sign In Forgot password? It is the rare academic book to make its importance felt, solidly, beyond the university world. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Views Read Edit View history. My one reluctance in recommending this is that the author spends over half the book on 20th century Russia as a parable but I think it only partially tells the story and could have been largely excised without taking much away from the overall message. A frank, often over-decoratively written, clear-headed book about the fate of the Jews in Russia and the fate of Russia at the hands of the Jews. Mercurians develop a culture of “purity” and “national myths” to cultivate their separation from the Apollonians, which allows them to provide international services intermediaries, diplomacy or services that are taboo for the local Apollonian culture linked to death, magic, sexuality or banking.

It is about pursing wealth for the sake of learning, learning for the sake of wealth, and both wealth and learning for their own sake…replacing inherited privilege with acquired privilege, and dismantling social estates for the benefit of individuals, nuclear families, and book-reading tribes nations.

Soviet history has generally left out its Jewish component except for the anti-semitic campaign of the late Stalin periodjust as 20th-century Jewish history has left out its Soviet component with the same exception. Most users should sign in with their email address.


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Instead, they are defined by things like education mental capital that nobody can “own” This is a fascinating work. Jan 24, Nick rated it really liked it. Diana Manevskaya rated it liked it Mar 27, Jun 03, Sascha Altman-DuBrul is currently reading it. Arvydas rated it liked it Aug 25, Log In Register for Cenrury Access.

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Yuri Slezkine is a professor of history at the University of California who in this book looks for the place of Jews in the modern world, or at least in the modern world of the last years.

Modernization is, in other words, ‘Modernisation is about everyone becoming mobile, urban, literate Moreover, the rest of us in the developed world are abandoning our “Apollonianism” and becoming more like Mercurians. This is also a history of the Soviet Union – which the book frames as the first great, modern, doomed Jewish state – told through the eyes of the Jews who built it, died for it, died by it and centjry abandoned it.

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Slezkine avoids entirely the idiotic “clash of civilisations” rhetoric which so many liberal historians indulge in, and instead tells the story of Soviet Jewry through their own eyes, shining a light on their triumphs as well as the crimes committed against them – and the crimes committed by them. The cycles of history keep rollking along – I note the fearful reactions of the fellow-graduate students of one of the earlier reviewers of this book, who all agreed that it is “too essentialist.

Some of the psychology stuff seemed a little far fetched, but the political philosophy sections were really well done. Return to Book Page.

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At the Bolshevik Central Committee meeting of October 23,which voted to launch an armed insurrection, 5 out of the 12 members present were Jews. Feb 05, Julia rated it really liked it Shelves: It manages to give the impression that it unsettles regnant Jewish notions of specialness while also, quite dexterously, massaging them.


Generously ready to concede that the second thing might sometimes go wrong, they nevertheless earn their living from reminding the first thing that freedom is an illusion.

They are free to do so, and will never be short of evidence; but their position is false, and their marks of falsification are the tip-off. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Sep 24, Samuel rated it liked it. Mercurians entrepreneurial minorities vs. Not vision of justice-as-equality can accommodate the human family however constituted, and no human existence involving men, women, and children can abide the abolition of the distinction between kin and nonkin.

Hij werkt het goed uit, maar het is af en toe wel taai. Their role, Slezkine argues, was part of a broader division of human labor between what he calls Mercurians-entrepreneurial minorities–and Apollonians–food-producing majorities.

This book is an act of historical recovery. The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. Jews, for Yuri Slezkine and with good reason, are Mercurians, innately modern, native inhabitants of the world-city.

Slezkine leaves us with this: Books by Yuri Slezkine. Zij centiry drie keuzes die hij steeds nader uitlegt aan de hand van de keuzes van Tevjes dochters: This book was assigned to me as part of my graduate work in History, in a class on Eastern Europe. From banking to academia, to the medical profession and the artisanal vocations, Jews enjoyed disproportionate success because, Slezkine argues, they had themselves been inhabiting an insular society where intellectual achievement was the supreme, if not the sole, acid test for marking distinction.

Just a thr while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. More than a million first-generation emigrants from the Pale were living elsewhere in the Soviet Union, mainly the big cities, at the outbreak of the Second World War.