Relations between Jews and their neighbours in eastern Europe have long been perceived, both in the popular mind and in conventional scholarship, as being in a permanent state of conflict. This volume counters that image by exploring long-neglected aspects of inter-group interaction and exchange. In so doing it broadens our understanding of Jewish history and culture, as well as that of eastern Europe. Whereas traditional historiography concentrates on the differences between Jews and non-Jews, the essays here focus on commonalities: the social, political, and economic worlds that members of different groups often shared. Shifting the emphasis in this way allows quite a different picture to emerge. Jews may have been subject to the whims of ruling powers and influenced by broader cultural and political developments, but at the same time they exerted a discernible influence on them the social, cultural, and political spheres were ones that they not only shared, but that they also helped to create. This model of reciprocal influence and exchange has much to offer to the study of inter-group relations in eastern Europe and beyond. Designed to move the study of east European Jewry beyond the intellectual and academic discourse of difference that has long troubled scholars, this volume contributes to our perception of how members of different groups operate and interact on a multitude of different levels. The various contributions represent a wide cross-section of opinions and approaches historical, literary, and cultural. Taken together they move our understanding of east European Jewry from the realm of the mythical to a more rational mode. In addition to essays considering interactions between Jews and Poles, other contributions examine relations between Jews and other ethnic groups (Lithuanians, Russians), discuss negotiations with various governments (Habsburg, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, and Soviet), analyse exchanges between Jews and different cultural realms (German, Polish, and Russian), and explore how the politics of memory affects contemporary interpretations of these and related phenomena. CONTRIBUTORS Karen Auerbach, Israel Bartal, Ela Bauer, Jan Blonski, Marek Edelman, Michael Fleming, Dorota Glowacka, Regina Grol, François Guesnet, Brian Horowitz, Agnieszka Jagodinska, Jeff Kopstein, Sergey Kravtsov, Rachel Manekin, Czeslaw Milosz, Karin Neuberger, Przemyslaw Ró anski, Kai Struve, Joanna Tokarska-Bakir, Jerzy Turowicz, Scott Ury, Kalman Weiser, Jason Wittenberg, Marcin Wodzinski, Piotr Wróbel
Scott Ury is Senior Lecturer in Tel Aviv University's Department of Jewish History where he is also Head of the Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism.
Published in 2012, his monograph Barricades and Banners: The Revolution of 1905 and the Transformation of Warsaw Jewry examines the impact of the urban environment on the development of modern Jewish society and politics in what was then Europe's largest Jewish center.
Barricades and Banners was awarded the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize for outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the field of history by the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). A manuscript version of the book received a commendation for the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, London.
Scott Ury is also co-editor of volume 24 of the annual Polin on Jews and Their Neighbours in Eastern Europe since 1750, and of a special edition of the European Review of History on Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and the Jews of East Central Europe.
He was educated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of California, Berkeley.