Savage city : Odessa and the 1905 pogrom
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The study of globalization has become an increasingly popular topic among Western scholars. Empires, in particular, provide scholars with opportunities to understand the complex mechanisms that shaped the movement of capital, people, and culture, on a massive scale. The picture that often arises is of a single system of connection--through capital and information networks--that produced greater levels of social and economic integration. This study attempts to understand the limits of global networks by analyzing extreme instances of anti-Semitic violence in the port city of Odessa during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Overall, I argue that the economic, social, and cultural forces that initiated Odessa's rise as a cosmopolitan hub provided the perfect environment for ethnic and religious conflict.