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Confessions of the Shtetl: Converts from Judaism in Imperial Russia, 1817-1906

Ellie R. Schainker


Confessions of the Shtetl explores Jewish conversions to a variety of Christian confessions in nineteenth-century imperial Russia. The book analyzes the surprisingly restrained policy of the Russian state and Orthodox Church toward conversion of Jews which highlights the meaning and management of toleration and religious diversity in imperial Russia more broadly. The book also offers a micro-level sociocultural history of converts, focusing on their motivations and post-baptism trajectories, and on relationships with Christians forged prior to baptism that facilitated religious transfers. It e ... More

Keywords: conversion, imperial Russia, Jews, shtetl, Russian Orthodoxy, confessional state, baptism, Pale of Jewish Settlement, Jewish identity, religious toleration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804798280
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellie R. Schainker, author
Emory University