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Inna Shtakser

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in Odessa, Ukraine

E P Thompson

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I am a historian and my main interest is a cultural history of social movements. I want to know how people decided to join such movements and how they change after becoming activists. I am especially interested in groups of people previously excluded from the political debates due to class, gender, educational impediments, etc. In fact, I am especially interested in groups previously excluded from the political debate due to more than one reason (class and ethnicity in the case of Russian Empire working-class Jews, for example). Geographically, I specialize in the Russian Empire, mostly in the area of contemporary Ukraine. My book, published in 2014, deals with politicization of working-class Jewish youth in the Russian Empire, and the book ...more

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Inna Shtakser Not really. I probably should though. Thanks for the recommendation.
Inna Shtakser Well, it was a kingdom between Kievan Rus' and the steppe. The elites apparently were Jewish, while the commoners were largely Muslim. The Khazar…moreWell, it was a kingdom between Kievan Rus' and the steppe. The elites apparently were Jewish, while the commoners were largely Muslim. The Khazar kingdom was destroyed by Kievan Rus' and then Rus' had much trouble protecting the emerging river-based trade routes from Byzantium to Scandinavia from the nomads. I am not sure about the impact of Khazars on Ukraine/Russia. Clearly some of the people remained and intermarried with others, but no clear cultural effects exist, as far as I know. Beside the byliny which are all about Russian heroes fighting the said steppe nomads.
Odessa is a great place to come from. If you have not been, I highly recommend a visit.
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