In the last part of the talk the situation in Lithuania will be compared to the one in the Kingdom of Poland and East Galicia (Habsburg Monarchy) where, similarly to Lithuania, antisemitic ideology gained strength in the late imperial period but at the same time the number of anti-Jewish pogroms was very small compared to other regions with a significant Jewish minority (West Galicia, other parts of Jewish Pale of Settlement). By comparing these different cases I’ll try to find some patterns that can help explain why the level of anti-Jewish violence was so diverse in different regions of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Since 2000, Darius Staliunas has been a deputy director at Lithuanian Institute of History. He teaches at Vilnius and Klaipėda universities. Staliunas is the author of Making Russians. Meaning and Practice of Russification in Lithuania and Belarus after 1863 (Amsterdam/New York, NY: Rodopi, 2007); Enemies for a Day: Antisemitism and Anti-Jewish Violence in Lithuania under the Tsars (Budapest/New York: CEU Press, 2015); Lithuanian Nationalism and the Vilnius Question, 1883-1940 (Marburg: Herder-Institut, 2015; co-author – Dangiras Mačiulis). His research interests include issues of Russian nationality policy in the so-called Northwestern Region (Lithuania and Belarus), ethnic conflicts as well as problems of historiography and places of memory in Lithuania.
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