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Genocide in the CarpathiansWar, Social Breakdown, and Mass Violence, 1914-1945$
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Raz Segal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804796668

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804796668.001.0001

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Subcarpathian Rus' Until World War I

Subcarpathian Rus' Until World War I

A Culture Across Ethnic and Religious Boundaries

(p.19) 1 Subcarpathian Rus' Until World War I
Genocide in the Carpathians

Raz Segal

Stanford University Press

Chapter 1 discusses how Jews and Carpatho-Ruthenians maintained porous collective boundaries in the nineteenth century and led lives that, in many ways, flowed into each other, constituting together a society and culture that was larger than the sum of its parts. This situation pertained to occupational choices, residential patterns, and popular religious worldviews anchored in beliefs about supernatural powers in the forests of the Carpathian Mountains; no tradition of what we call “antisemitism” emerged among Carpatho-Ruthenians before World War I. Chapter 1 thus challenges the idea that Jews (and non-Jews) in nineteenth-century eastern Europe possessed distinct and immutable ethnic or national identities. Rather than thinking about interethnic relations through this deterministic and conflict-ridden framework of the nation state, a political arrangement that triumphed only after World War I, Chapter 1 treats the nineteenth century on its own terms.

Keywords:   Subcarpathian Rus', Hungary, Jews, Carpatho-Ruthenians, antisemitism

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