A Pragmatic Alliance
Jewish-Lithuanian political cooperation at the beginning of the 20th century
Discusses the political cooperation between Jews and Lithuanians in the Tsarist Empire from the last decades of the 19th century until the early 1920s. These years saw the transformation of both Jewish and Lithuanian political life. Within the Jewish community, the previously dominant integrationists were now challenged both by those who believed that the Jews were not a religious but an ethnic or proto-nationalist group and those who believed that only with the abolition of capitalism and the establishment of a socialist state would Jewish integration be possible. Among the Lithuanians, the emergence of a modern national identity became increasingly prevalent.
About the Authors
Vladas Sirutavičius is a senior researcher at the Lithuanian Institute of History and associate professor at Vilnius University, Institute of International Relations and Political Science.
Darius Staliūnas is Deputy Director of the Lithuanian Institute of History.
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