John D. Klier: The Anti-Jewish Pogroms in Russia, 1881-1921: All the Same?

'Pogroms' has become a generic term for all forms of violence against Jews, ranging from the Cossack uprising of 1648 led by Bohdan Khmelnytsky in Ukraine, through the anti-Jewish riots of 1881-2, 1903, 1905 and 1919-21 in the Russian Empire, and events such as Kristallnacht in 1938, or the Holocaust itself.
Yet these were all very different phenomena, and the use of an all-inclusive term such as 'pogroms' obscures important differences between them. This lecture will examine the 'pogroms' in the Russia Empire between 1881 and 1921. It will note the differences between these events, and assess the importance of stricter differentiation for a fuller understanding of the nature of anti-Semitic violence.

John D. Klier

is a professor of modern Jewish history at University College London. Professor Klier is one of the foremost scholars of Russian Jewish history and specifically anti-Jewish violence. He has published several books addressing this problem:

Russia Gathers Her Jews, Imperial Russia's Jewish Question, and Southern Storms: Russians, Jews And The Crisis Of 1881-2

(forthcoming). Professor Klier is the co-editor of the scholarly journal

East European Jewish Affairs


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Publisert 5. juli 2011 14:15 - Sist endret 6. okt. 2011 09:34