Separating fact from myth, Stanford University professor Dr. Steven J. Zipperstein shows how a riot that broke out in a dusty, backwater town in late-Tsarist Russia became the big bang of the twentieth-century. Amplified by a revolutionary mix of politics, poetry, immigration and modern media, this otherwise unremarkable savaging of Russian Jews lent disproportional and crucial impetus to movements as far flung as the Russian Revolution, Zionism, the Jewish-American Left and the NAACP.
March 27 2018
On the precipice of the 115th anniversary of the Kishinev pogrom
W. W. Norton & Co. / Liveright Publishing will publish:
Kishinev and the tilt of history
Steven J. Zipperstein
Contributor to the New York Times and Washington Post and co-editor of the acclaimed Jewish Lives series of biographies published by Yale University, Dr. Zipperstein is an eminent historian and literary critic.
In three days of violence in April 1903, 49 Jews were killed and 600 raped or wounded, while more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed. Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers throughout the Western world, led by the ascendant Hearst newspaper chain, Russia’s Easter rampage seized the imagination of an international public and became the prototype for the state-sponsored, Church-fueled anti-Jewish barbarism that would become known as a “pogrom.”
Cinematic and reminiscent in sweep of the movie Reds, POGROM arrives at a time when public outrage is once again focused on the treatment of refugees, violence against women, and state-enabled antisemitism; a time of resurgent nativism when the alliance between African Americans and Jewish Americans forged in the wake of the Kishinev Pogrom - has renewed relevance.
POGROM is propelled forward by the luscious prose and consummate storytelling of a virtuoso historian intent on bridging the gap between nonfiction and fiction in rendering a wholly truthful portrait of the dimly remembered Russian crucible of the 20th century. Using new evidence culled from Europe, Russia and Israel, Steven Zipperstein provides startling new insights into one of one of the most lavishly misunderstood historical moments of the modern era. His book is certain to become a standard-bearer for how the contemporary Jewish past is understood, and one of the primary reference points for today’s discussion on Russia, Israel, refugees and fake history.
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