The Jews and the Tsars:
How the Russian Empire dealt with its "Jewish Problem"
Edith Rogovin Frankel

COURSE DESCRIPTION: These four lectures will provide an insight into the interaction of the Jews of Russia with the tsarist autocracy. In such an enormous country, with so many different national groups and languages, how did the tsars deal with the Jews, a distinct group that came under Russian control only towards the end of the 18th-century? What policies were followed? What effect did they have on Jewish life? This lecture series will cover the effects of the Napoleonic wars on the Jewish community, the Cantonist system of drafting young Jewish boys into the military, the liberalization of policy under Alexander II, the pogroms of the 1880s, and the repression and persecution of the Jews who followed Alexander's assassination.
1. Alexander I: The Age of Enlightenment?
2. Nicholas I: A Dark Period for the Jews of the Russian Empire
3. Alexander II: The Great Tsar Liberator
4. Alexander III: The End of Hope and Expectation
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:  ​Dr. Edith R. Frankel is a native-born American who lived in Israel for many years. While in Jerusalem, she taught at the Hebrew University. Her BA is from Cornell University and her Ph.D. (from Columbia University)  is in Comparative Government.   For many years Frankel specialized in the Soviet Union with a particular interest in the inter-action between government and literary policy.  She gradually moved towards Jewish history, specifically in the Russian Empire, as well as the Habsburg Empire, and has taught  many of these subjects. ​Dr. Frankel has published a number of books and articles in this field and, most recently, Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America," a book"  based on a series of interviews with new immigrants in both Israel and the U.S. at the end of the 1970's and again 25 years later.  Dr. Frankel has also taught at Stanford University, Dartmouth and University College London. The website for her  new book:

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Date: Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member