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The Making of Jewish Revolutionaries in the Pale of Settlement

Community and Identity during the Russian Revolution and its Immediate Aftermath, 1905–07


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Inna Shtakser
      Pages 1-18
  3. Becoming a Revolutionary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Inna Shtakser
      Pages 21-55
  4. Being a Revolutionary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Inna Shtakser
      Pages 79-100
    3. Inna Shtakser
      Pages 131-149
  5. Conclusion

    1. Inna Shtakser
      Pages 150-152
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 153-205

About this book


This book examines the emotional aspects of revolutionary experience during a critical turning point in both Russian and Jewish history - the 1905 revolution. Shtakser argues that radicalization involved an emotional transformation, which enabled many young revolutionaries to develop an activist attitude towards reality.


Late Imperial Russia History Social Movements Jews Workers Youth Cultural History Social History History of Emotions history Jewish history Judaism revolution Russia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael

About the authors

Dr Inna Shtakser is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Cummins Center for Russian and East European Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Previously she taught at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, at Dalhousie University, Canada, and at Apeejay Stya University, India. Her published articles reflect her interest in Late Imperial Russian and Russian-Jewish history as well as her interest in social movements.

Bibliographic information


“This book is not just of historical interest, but also contains plenty of insight for contemporary social theorists and activists concerned with the interplay of ethnic identities, patriarchy and class that echo practical issues for contemporary anti-capitalist, feminist and anti-racist inter-organisational co-operation. This volume deserves a wider readership beyond historians of Jewish East European history.” (Benjamin Franks, Anarchist Studies, Vol. 28 (1), 2020)

“The combination of the new sources and new methodology makes this work a valuable addition to research on the Jewish labor movement in general and Jewish revolutionary parties in particular. … the book is an important contribution to the research of Jewish participation in the 1905–1907 Russian Revolution – more so in the form of the workers’ movement than party politics.” (Vladimir Levin, Ab Imperio, Issue 3, 2016)