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A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945 (review)

A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945 (review) 3JWH_339-352 7/8/06 2:08 PM Page 350 350 journal of world history, september 2006 tlement such as Ukraine and Belorussia, suggest diverse paths of accul- turation that need to be studied further. In addition, it is unclear how the persistence of Zionism in the Soviet Union prior to the creation of the state of Israel fits into the larger narrative if indeed, as Slezkine argues, it was an antimodernist movement to transform Mercurians into Apollonians. The author concludes that the collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to the Jewish part of Russian history. Indeed, the demographic decline of the Jewish population through emigration, low birthrates, and intermarriage might confirm his observation that the only options for the remnant is to assimilate or remain an overachieving minority, as evidenced by the influential Jewish oligarchs and politicians in Russia. Some would argue, however, that total assimilation is hardly feasible in the CIS, where national identities and native culture are stressed. Others would point to the revival of Jewish studies, religious observance, and cultural activities in Russia to demonstrate the suc- cess of communal reconstruction. Clearly, Russian Jewish history is in a period of transition, and the final outcome is impossible http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945 (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 17 (3) – Aug 22, 2006

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3JWH_339-352 7/8/06 2:08 PM Page 350 350 journal of world history, september 2006 tlement such as Ukraine and Belorussia, suggest diverse paths of accul- turation that need to be studied further. In addition, it is unclear how the persistence of Zionism in the Soviet Union prior to the creation of the state of Israel fits into the larger narrative if indeed, as Slezkine argues, it was an antimodernist movement to transform Mercurians into Apollonians. The author concludes that the collapse of the Soviet Union brought an end to the Jewish part of Russian history. Indeed, the demographic decline of the Jewish population through emigration, low birthrates, and intermarriage might confirm his observation that the only options for the remnant is to assimilate or remain an overachieving minority, as evidenced by the influential Jewish oligarchs and politicians in Russia. Some would argue, however, that total assimilation is hardly feasible in the CIS, where national identities and native culture are stressed. Others would point to the revival of Jewish studies, religious observance, and cultural activities in Russia to demonstrate the suc- cess of communal reconstruction. Clearly, Russian Jewish history is in a period of transition, and the final outcome is impossible

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 22, 2006

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